Free Tax Prep for Taxpayers

United Way of Washtenaw County offers free tax return service as part of initiative to increase financial stability of  working individuals & families with low to moderate incomes 

Free tax preparation assistance is available to Washtenaw County taxpayers with low to moderate incomes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Managed locally by United Way of Washtenaw County (UWWC), VITA is a national IRS program providing free tax preparation for individuals and families making $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and those with limited English proficiency. Trained volunteers and certified tax professionals work one-on-one with eligible taxpayers to: provide basic tax return preparation services and electronic filing; offer financial tips; and inform taxpayers about special tax credits they may qualify for such as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.

In 2017, UWWC free tax services resulted in: 

  • 923 (according to web site) state and federal returns filed
  • $1.3 M in tax returns brought back to Washtenaw County
  • $120,000 estimated tax return preparation fees saved
  • More than 1000 volunteer hours dedicated to serving Washtenaw County residents

“No one ever spends their way out of poverty,” said Pam Smith, President and CEO of United Way of Washtenaw County. “VITA is more than a community resource, it moves people another step away from crisis by helping them keep more of the income they have earned.” The VITA Program serves as a cornerstone for the Washtenaw Financial Stability Coalition, a local interagency partnership focused on increasing the financial stability of working individuals and families with low to moderate incomes. 

SCHEDULING AN APPOINTMENT

The VITA Program is by appointment only. Eligible taxpayers can sign-up online or call 734-677-7235 to schedule an appointment. The appointment line is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Taxpayers are asked to bring:

  • Photo ID for each person on your tax return (REQUIRED)
  • Social Security Card or ITIN for each person on your tax return (REQUIRED)
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and any dependents on the tax return
  • W-2s from all jobs held in 2017
  • All 1099s, 1098s and any other tax forms
  • Record of any DHS or Supplemental Security Income payments from both the Social Security Administration and the State of Michigan
  • Savings and checking account and routing numbers for direct deposit
  • Last year's tax return
  • Child care provider information, including total paid in 2017 and their tax ID number
  • If you're a renter: Landlord's name, address, phone number and rent paid in 2017
  • If you are a home owner: Winter & Summer Property Tax Statements, Mortgage Insurance Premiums
  • Your household's health coverage information (1095-A, 1095-B, 1095-C)
  • Proof of foreign status if applying for ITIN
  • Energy bill from 11/2016-10/2017

RESOURCES: United Way of Washtenaw County Free Tax Help Washtenaw County Tax Preparation Sites 

For a list of VITA sites in the area click here