VITA

what is vita         

In an effort to promote financial stability and asset building in our community, the Kenosha VITA Coalition together with IRS-certified volunteers provide free income tax preparation assistance to low-to-moderate income families. 

The Kenosha VITA Coalition consists of United Way of Kenosha County, the Kenosha County Job Center and Carthage College. 

During tax season, households that earn up to $54,000 annually can receive help having their taxes prepared for FREE by a tax-certified volunteer at one of our in-person tax sites. 

Households that earn up to $66,000 are eligible to prepare state and federal taxes for FREE using MyFreeTaxes.com.  MyFreeTaxes.com is easy, safe, secure, and 100% free.  Tax filing software is provided through MyFreeTaxes and is powered by H&R Block.  Your work is saved at every step.  You can start filing and continue later if needed.  Visit our MyFreeTaxes page for more information. 

Our VITA sites will be open on February 2, 2019.  The in-person tax sites are:

  • Kenosha County Job Center (no appointment is needed, this is a first come, first served bases up to 1 hour before closing)
    • ​Open February 2nd - April 9th
    • Tuesdays, 5-9pm
    • Saturdays, 8am-noon
  • Kenosha Public Library (an appointment is required)
    • Open Feburary 7th, February 14th, February 21st, and February 28th
    • 9:30am-noon 
  • Twin Lakes Community Library (an appointment is required)
    • Open Feburary 7th, February 14th, February 21st, and February 28th
    • 4:00-7:30pm
  • TruStone Financial (an appointment is required)
    • Open March 7th, March 14th, March 21st, and March 28th
    • 9:30am-noon
  • Salem Community Library (an appointment is required)
    • Open March 7th, March 14th, March 21st, and March 28th
    • 4pm-7:30pm

To find out more details about the VITA sites and what you need to bring with you to have your taxes completed, click here

We are looking for volunteers for the current tax season. For more information, please review the volunteer section below.  

2017 Tax Season VITA Statistics
  • 73 trained VITA volunteers provided more than 2,687 hours in tax preparation assistance.  This team of volunteers assisted 1,183 clients through our five traditional tax preparation sites.

  • Kenosha County refunds through VITA totaled $1,962,112

  • In addition, 142 taxpayers were able to prepare and file their own tax returns for free using MyFreeRaxes.com, the total number of taxpayers receiving free assistance is over 1,325.

vita 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. 

    • Research shows the Earned Income Tax Credit lifts more children out of poverty than any federal program.  According to the IRS, 25% of taxpayers who qualify for the credit do not apply for it.

  1. 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.  These assets give people a stake in their future and in their community.

  • During the past nine years, the VITA program has brought more than $5,540,000 back into the Kenosha Community.

VITA HELPS OUR COMMUNITY

Read the stories below to find out how VITA has helped different community members become more financially stable.

  • Click here to hear how the VITA program helped Pam.

How You Can Help

Volunteer

Receive free training to become an IRS-certified tax preparer.  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!  

Training

Online training is available now.  Click here to access the training course materials. 

 

For more information, contact us at unitedway@kenoshaunitedway.org or call at 262-658-4104.