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VITA Program

Free tax preparation is available to Saginaw County residents who cannot afford 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.


Trained volunteers will make sure you get back every cent you have coming to you. We train our volunteers to make sure you receive each credit that you are eligible for.

 

2015 PROGRAM INFORMATION (for the 2014 tax season):

Download a copy of the 2015 VITA Informational Handout (pdf)

 

QUALIFYING INCOMES:

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

2014 Tax Year - Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than:

  • $46,997 ($53,427 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $43,756 ($49,186 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $38,511 ($43,941 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $14,590 ($20,020 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

 

TRAINING INFORMATION:

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, young and seasoned. The more volunteers that we have, the more we can serve our community.
 
Training for the upcoming 2014 tax season will be January 6, 7 and 8 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day and will be held at Delta College. 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 material are provided at no cost to the volunteer. Training material is typically available at United Way of Saginaw County in early December and we strongly encourage volunteers to pick up their materials for review before the January training. Each volunteer must pass the certification testing with 80% or higher in each category. We also offer one-on-one orientation for new volunteers. Our new volunteers have found these sessions very beneficial and enlightening. We are currently scheduling orientation sessions and will continue through mid-December. Each session is about 2-3 hours long.
 
If you are interested in getting involved with the VITA program, in any capacity, please contact Marsha Cooley at (989) 755-0505, ext. 203.
 
 

 

2014 Program Highlights

  • 70+ volunteers
  • More than 4,700 hours volunteered
  • Six sites throughout Saginaw County
  • More than 3,800 tax payers received assistance
  • More than $3.6 million dollars brought back to area residents

"VITA makes an enormous impact in means of supporting our community and with economic development here in Saginaw County. This impact is possible because of our dedicated volunteers providing tax preparation for free," said UWSC Vice President, Marsha Cooley.

Our volunteers and collaborative partners are what make this program truly successful. Thank you to everyone who helps support this program!


 

*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: www.myfreetaxes.com.