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 are now closed.  We are looking for volunteers for the upcoming 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

  • To register for orientation, please visit our December calendar.

  • In-person training dates will be posted in our January calendar soon.   

  • 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.