Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

In an effort to promote financial stability and asset building in our community, the Kenosha VITA Coalition (United Way of Kenosha County, the Kenosha County Job Center and Carthage College) together with IRS-certified volunteers are providing free income tax preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income families. 


Households that earn up to $54,000 annually can receive help at any of our six in-person
tax sites to have your taxes prepared for FREE by a tax-certified volunteer.

  • Kenosha County Job Center   - Saturdays 9am-noon and Tuesdays 5pm-9pm;

  • TruStone Credit Union - Call 262-960-9178 to schedule an appointment in March

  • Kenosha Northside Public Library - No longer accepting appointments

  • Salem Community Library - Call 262-960-9178 to schedule an appointment in March

  • Twin Lakes Community Library - No longer accepting appointments


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Program Goals

1. To help low-to-moderate income families (up to $54,000) with tax preparation.Taxpayers are assisted with receiving tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a commonly-overlooked credit that may add more than a month’s worth of salary to the individual or family’s annual income.  According to the IRS, 25 % of taxpayers who qualify for the credit do not 
apply for it.

People who earn up to $48,279 can claim refunds as high as $5,657. The average is about $1,900. Research shows the earned-income tax credit lifts more children out of poverty
than any federal program.
 That's because the credit gives a big raise – up to 40 percent –
to working low-income parents.

2. To provide financial literacy education to Kenosha County residents to promote self-sufficiency through wealth building and debt-reduction outreach programs for those outside the financial mainstream.  Assets give people a stake in their future and in their community.

During the past four yearsthe VITA program has brought more than 
$5,540,000 back into the Kenosha community!!!


Click here for VITA Statistics from past years

Receive free training to become an IRS-certified tax preparer. Then help your community by volunteering a few hours per month to prepare taxes for those un­able to afford it. Other volunteer opportunities are available in language interpreting, financial education, intake specialists and client registration. 

No previous experience is necessary!  For more information contact Laurie McDonald at lmcdonald@kenoshaunitedway.org or (262) 658-4104.