VITA

VITA appointments are now available for the 2023 tax season! You can book your appointment here today:

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If you are unable to schedule yourself for a VITA appointment, please call 319-382-5685. The phone to schedule appointments is answered Monday through Thursday 9am-4pm. Wait times may be long. We are unable to return voicemails left on this line at this time as we have limited staff. Please continue to try calling until you can reach someone if you cannot schedule yourself online.

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VITA

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a national IRS-sponsored program that helps you receive your maximum federal and state tax refunds. If your household income is less than $64,000, you may qualify for VITA’s services.

The average tax preparation fee is $176. Those who can’t afford this fee either do their own taxes (often missing important tax credits) or do not file their taxes at all. Through VITA, IRS-certified volunteers complete and file your tax return for free!

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

UWECI organizes VITA in partnership community organizations to improve services and increase tax returns to local families and individuals. United Way also recruits and trains volunteers for VITA locations in Benton, Cedar, Jones, and Linn Counties. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) certified VITA volunteers tax preparers help taxpayers obtain all eligible tax credits and deductions with a particular focus on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), Education Tax Credits (ETC), and Child Care tax deductions.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance’s goal is to increase the number of financially stable households in the five-county service area of Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, and Linn. Over the past 10 + years that UWECI has coordinated VITA, the number of returns and the number of volunteers has grown. Seventy-five percent of volunteers come back each year. The attention to training, preparation, and partnership development is what has made this such a successful program. Each year clients express the gratitude and necessity of VITA and how much of a difference it makes in their lives to have access to this free service.

Interested in volunteering to help prepare tax returns and make an impact in your community?

Interested in having a VITA volunteer complete your tax return for free?

VITA Results: Tax Year 2022

Tax Year 2022

Tax Returns Prepared:
Hiawatha
Horizons:
Jones County:
St. Marks
United Way:
TOTAL:
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158
563
213
319
448
1,701
Total Federal Tax Refunds: $1.995,227
Total State Tax Refunds: $444,807
Overall Total Tax Refunds: $2,440,034
Total volunteer hours

5,076

Tax Year 2021

Tax Returns Prepared:
Horizons:
Jones County:
United Way:
TOTAL:
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935
213
414
1,562
Total Federal Tax Refunds: $2,483,178
Total State Tax Refunds: $422,953
Overall Total Tax Refunds: $2,906,131
Total volunteer hours

5,650

VITA Success Stories

An elderly woman heard about VITA and was able to make an appointment to get her taxes done.

During her appointment, the woman explained she did not have great experiences with tax preparation after her husband passed away a few years ago, and was thankful for a tax preparation option with no fee.

The woman received a clear explanation of what her refund would be, and was excited to have that money for daily expenses and peace of mind.

A divorced couple, who is committed to co-parenting, scheduled their VITA appointments at the same time to see which parent would most benefit in claiming their dependents.

When the father realized his children’s mother would owe money, he asked the preparers to put the children on her return because he knew the money would be spent on his children.

The couple explained that VITA helps them get the most beneficial return possible, thus helping them provide more for their children.

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