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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

About the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers free tax help to qualified individuals who need assistance preparing their tax returns. Trained community volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, most sites also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

VITA at UR Downtown

UR Downtown (URD) is one of 13 sites throughout the Greater Richmond area serving as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site with the United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg's Tax Assistance Program. For more than a decade, metroCASH has coordinated free tax-preparation services throughout the Greater Richmond region as part of the IRS-sponsored VITA program.

Individuals and families who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 are invited to visit UR Downtown February 5 through April 11 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45–7 p.m. (except March 12 and March 14) and the following Saturdays from 9:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.: February 9, February 23, March 2, March 23, and April 6. Taxpayers may use My Free Taxes to enter and e-file their own taxes with guidance from a trained coach or have their taxes prepared by a certified volunteer.  This site schedule accepts walk-ins only.

On Campus VITA Dates

We will be offering free tax preparation services to staff, faculty and students earning $55,000 or less. An appointment is not necessary and we will be serving people on a first come, first served basis. 

          Friday, March 22nd 8am - 10am at the Carole Weinstein International Commons

          Friday, March 29th 8am - 10am & 2pm - 5pm at the Westhampton Center Living Room 101

Contact Us

Questions? Please call (804) 955-4018 or e-mail