VITA- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Each year, UNI accounting students prepare hundreds of tax returns free of charge.
UNI Business offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program was established by the Internal Revenue Service to help those who may find it difficult to pay for tax preparation services. Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. The UNI accounting department staffs a site to serve members of the Cedar Valley community.
How does UNI VITA work?
Senior or graduate-level accounting students prepare and e-file federal and state tax returns and answer any tax-related questions during peak tax preparation months. The program is an option for those who make $60 thousand or less, persons with disabilities and/or limited English speaking taxpayers. The UNI site is open Wednesday evenings during the months of February through April in the Curris Business Building on the University of Northern Iowa campus.
Appointments may be scheduled by leaving a message at 319-273-2968 with the best time to call back or sending an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. A representative will call or email within 24 to 48 hours to schedule the appointment.
Documentation required for preparing tax returns
UNI VITA will not prepare
- Income is greater than $60,000
- Sale of business property
- Prior Year Tax Returns
- Foreign Tax Credits
- Military Complex Returns
- Schedule C
- Rental Income
- ITIN Returns
- Married Filing Separate Returns
ONLY Federal and Iowa returns will be prepared. Both spouses must be present for married filing joint returns. Only a limited number of returns will be prepared each night.
For more information on this year's UNI VITA site open dates and times, please email the Department of Accounting or call 319-273-2394.