VITA Program


Free tax preparation is available to Saginaw County residents who cannot afford to pay to have their taxes prepared for them thanks to the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and amazing community volunteers. This program aims to help families avoid high tax prep fees, access all credits they are eligible for and connect families to services and programs that will help them increase their financial stability.

IRS certified volunteers will make sure you get back every cent you have coming to you.

2016 PROGRAM INFORMATION (for the 2015 tax season):

Download a copy of the 2016 VITA Informational Handout (pdf)



The United Way of Saginaw County VITA program uses *IRS-EITC income guidelines to determine a taxpayers eligibility for free tax preparation.

2015 Tax Year - Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than:

  • $47,747 ($53,267 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $44,454 ($49,974 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $39,131 ($44,651 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $14,820 ($20,330 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children



Our VITA program has been very successful for many years thanks to the help of our dedicated volunteers. With your help, this program could be even more successful! In order for this program to continue and grow, we need your help! We are always in need of volunteers. The more volunteers that we have, the more we can serve our community's need for this valuable service

All VITA volunteers receive free training and are IRS certified before volunteering! The training is a combination of lecture covering tax law changes and hands-on computer training, held in the Delta College computer labs. The training and all training materials are provided at no cost to the volunteer. Each volunteer must pass the certification testing with 80% or higher at the advanced level

If you are interested in getting involved with the VITA program, in any capacity, please contact Marsha Cooley at (989) 776-0541.

Click here to download a VITA Volunteer application.



2015 Program Highlights

  • 66 volunteers
  • More than 3,700 hours volunteered
  • Five sites throughout Saginaw County
  • More than 3,100 tax payers received assistance
  • More than $3.1 million dollars brought back to area residents

*Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC is a tax credit for certain people who work. You can use our simple qualifying incomes below or for more detailed information, please refer to the IRS website.

 You can prepare your own taxes on-line at: