The VITA 2021 Volunteers will begin taking calls starting the week of 1/17/2022!
Please check back for more information!

IF YOU ARE A CLIENT

The VITA 2021 tax season will begin on January 31, 2022. Appointments will be available to be scheduled starting in mid-January.

Appointments for the 2021 tax filing season with VITA will begin scheduling the week of January 17, 2022 and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please review the checklist for the items that you will need to bring to your appointment.
Linn County season starts on January 31, 2022 and Jones County season will begin February 7, 2022.
Appointment availability will begin next week (1/17/22) Please be patient, as we have limited volunteers and a large volume of calls.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring to my tax return?

Click here to download and print a list of all materials to bring to your tax return. Please read all information below and be ready with all your tax documents when you come to your appointment.

This year if you received the third stimulus payment (also called Economic Impact Payment) in March 2021 please bring your Letter 1444-C or Letter 6475.
If you received Advanced Child Tax Credit payments in 2021, please bring your Letter 6419.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Schedule yourself in three easy steps!
1. Go to uweci.org/VITA2022 and click on the link at the top of the page to book an appointment
2. Select your preferred location and time
3. Enter your information and click the green box at the bottom to finalize your appointment!

If you have any issues scheduling yourself, please call 319-382-5685. Since we are a volunteer-based program, we have a limited number of people answering calls and limited hours for calling. Wait times will be long.

Where do I go?

We have locations throughout the Cedar Rapids/Marion area and in Jones County. We do not accept walk-ins; you must schedule an appointment with us to have your taxes done.
Cedar Rapids Locations:
• Horizons – 819 5th St. SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
• Ladd Library – 3750 Williams Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
• Linn Area Credit Union – 3700 Edgewood Rd. SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Marion Location:
• Linn Area Credit Union – 3375 7th Ave. Marion, IA 52302
Jones County Location:
• Jones County Volunteer Center – 105 Broadway Place, Suite 1 Anamosa, IA 52205

Why can't I call for an appointment?

We are a volunteer-based program. All our tax preparers and greeters are volunteers. We only have limited staff support and do not have the ability to manage a large influx of calls. It’s best to try to schedule yourself if you are able so we can help those over the phone who do not have access to the internet.
If you do need help scheduling an appointment online, the Cedar Rapids Public Library can help with scheduling appointments at their locations.

Will there be measures to ensure my health/safety?

Absolutely. We intend on ensuring that all volunteers and clients can attend their appointments with peace of mind. Including hand sanitation stations, glass dividers, and frequent sanitation of surfaces as well as a limited number of individuals allowed in a single room at a time.
Please do not come to your appointment if you are not feeling well. You can schedule another time to come in to get your taxes done by clicking the book appointment link at the top of the page. If appointments are full, but you need to reschedule due to illness please call 319-382-5685 and we will work with you to find another time.

IF YOU ARE A VOLUNTEER

VITA is grateful for your volunteered time and talent!

If you are interested in volunteering for VITA, go here to submit a form of interest and we will get back you as soon as possible. There are multiple areas you can volunteer for: Intake Specialist, Greeter, and Tax Preparer.
NOTE that these positions require training, but it is free and UWECI will provide all necessary materials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to work in accounting to volunteer?

No! Since we train all volunteers ourselves, being an accountant (or other banking-relating job) isn’t necessary.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

You can sign up by visiting this page and filling out the form and someone will reach out about your interest in volunteering.

Where can I find training information?

To view and access all of the training materials, please click here
You will find all the items you need to either learn the ropes, or refresh your memory.

Will there be measures to ensure my health/safety?

Absolutely. We intend on ensuring that all volunteers and clients can attend their appointments with peace of mind. Including hand sanitation stations, glass dividers, and frequent sanitation of surfaces as well as a limited number of individuals allowed in a single room at a time.

We believe in transparency.

That is why we will be providing you with real-time data of how many community members have been helped. Numbers will be updated every week so that everyone can see the impact that VITA has. Feel inspired? You can volunteer with VITA here.

Total Refunds Filed:

0
(as of 1/17/22)

Total Refunds Prepared:

0
(as of 1/17/22)

Overall Total:

0
(as of 1/17/22)

VITA Tax Season 2021 Numbers:

Total Refunds Filed:
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Basic Safety Protocols

We are strongly encouraging you to wear a mask as we want to keep you and our volunteers safe. Volunteers will be required to wear a mask during their volunteer shifts. If you experience any of the following symptoms DO NOT come to your appointment:

– Fever                 – Cough                  -Shortness of breath                 -Chills                 -Muscle pain

-Headache                 -Sore throat                 -New loss of taste or smell

If you receive notice that you have been exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing, you must notify VITA immediately so notice can be provided to other volunteers and clients who may have been exposed. Call 319-382-5685.

If you have any questions about VITA, please call 319-398-5372 ext. 824 or email meredith.hershner@uweci.org.