Baruch VITA will not be active
for the 2014 tax season.

For a VITA site near you, please visit irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

is an IRS-sponsored outreach program. VITA offers free tax help for low to moderate-income residents who can neither prepare their own tax returns nor afford services from a paid preparer.

VITA Mission

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to low to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) residents who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.

Benefits for low income, elderly, limited English proficiency, and disabled families are tremendous. For example, many families eligible for Earned Income Credit do not claim it. This amount can be as high as $5,666 in 2010 for a family with three children. Recent surveys indicate that 15 to 20 percent of families that fail to claim the credit. VITA aims to maximize such benefits for those who need it the most.

History

The VITA Program was created by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1969. In 2005 about 100,000 volunteers prepared about 1.8 million tax returns in nearly 14,000 sites nationwide.

Baruch VITA was established in the early 1990's. Attracting 150-300 participants every year, it is the largest volunteer opportunity available to Baruch students. Our on-campus location serves taxpayers from the neighborhood, Baruch students, faculty and staff (including a large body of international students who are subject to special tax treatment). Baruch, ranked as the most diverse college in the U.S., has an advantage in serving immigrants who have little or no understanding of the English language.