About Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (IRS VITA)

Phone: 888-494-4508

E-mail: info@THRIVESanDiego.org

Text Box: 	The IRS VITA Program offers free tax preparation to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) individuals and families. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns throughout San Diego County.  These volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Education Credits.   
	The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax credit for working families and individuals, and often times, left unclaimed.  One of Thrive San Diego’s goals is to increase participation in the Earned Income Tax Credit.   In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, Thrive sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing).  Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account.
	Interns from San Diego State University, Cal State San Marcos and Southwest College are placed with various community based organizations to support the organization’s free tax preparation program.  Through Thrive San Diego, community members are able to receive the benefit of this complimentary service, while college students are given the opportunity to expand on their knowledge and skills using this hands-on, real life experience. 

Some Items you need to bring to the IRS VITA sites to have your tax returns prepared:
Proof of identification*
Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration; or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number**
Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
Current year’s tax package if you received one
Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
Bank routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit
Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)

*To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

**If you need assistance in receiving an ITIN, please let an IRS VITA Volunteer know so they can better assist you.

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