Our VITA volunteers help Saginaw County residents process their taxes, bining back 3 million dollars in returns back into the local economy. Our volunteers are college students, retirees, or working professionals. We rely on our volunteers to help us create a vibrant Saginaw County community where all individuals and families can move towards financial stability. For information on how you can become a VITA volunteer, click here.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
If you are a low-to-moderate income taxpayer who cannot afford to pay for tax preparation, trained volunteers will prepare simple tax forms at the following Saginaw County VITA sites:
Frankenmuth Credit Union (Town and Country Office)
Frankenmuth Credit Union
What to bring
Social Security Cards for the taxpayer, spouse, and all dependants (NO COPIES, the originals MUST be brought in for DEPENDANTS and TAXPAYER)
Birth dates for all dependants and spouse
W2's for wages
SSI statement from Social Security
Statement from DHS
Consumers Energy bill showing the amount paid in 2018
Property tax bill or proof of rent paid
Landlord's name and address
1099's for interest and other payments received
1099R pension income
SSA-1099 for Social Security income
Last year's tax return
Total amount paid in daycare
Daycare providers tax identification number
Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit
Form 1095 as proof of health insurance
In the event of an inclement weather closure, program information will be posted on the United Way of Saginaw County's website and Facebook page, as well as shared with WNEM TV5.
Dates and times for each location are uniquely listed for each site. The number of individuals that will be served is based on the number of volunteers available.
Prepare your own taxes
If you would like to prepare your own taxes, you can utilize free tax preparation software online at myfreetaxes.com
The United Way of Saginaw County VITA program uses *IRS-EITC income guidelines to determine a taxpayers eligibility for free tax preparation.
2017 Tax Year - Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than:
- $48,340 ($53,930 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
- $45,007 ($50,597 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
- $39,617 ($45,207 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
- $15,010 ($20,600 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.
2017 Program Highlights
*Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC is a tax credit for certain people who work. You can use our simple qualifying incomes above or for more detailed information, please refer to the IRS website.
You can prepare your own taxes on-line at: www.myfreetaxes.com.