Free Tax Preparation

We are now scheduling for the 2020 tax season! Please call 515.571.3381 to schedule an appointment.

The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free tax preparation for individuals and families who qualify based on our income guidelines and ensure taxpayers take advantage of every tax credit for which they are eligible such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Who is eligible for free tax preparation?

For tax year 2020, income limits are as follows:

  • Married, filing jointly: $60,000
  • Single with children: $60,000
  • Single with no children: $25,000

What is EITC?

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit available to low-income families. EITC was originally approved by Congress in 1975 to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work.

How does the EITC help low income families?

The bulk of EITC benefits go to families with incomes below the Federal poverty level. Research indicated that families use the EITC to pay for necessities, repair homes, and veicles that are needed to commute to work and to boost their earning power by obtaining additional education or training.

Who qualifies for the EITC?

Working people who meet certain income requirements and file a tax return (even if they did not earn enough money to be obligated to file a tax return).

For Tax Year 2020
Income Limit
Maximum EITC Credits
Three or more qualifying children $50,954 if single
$56,844 if married and filing jointly
$6,318
Two qualifying children $47,440 if single
$53,330 if married and filing jointly
$5,920
One qualifying child $41,756 if single
$47,646 if married and filing jointly
$3,584
No qualifying children $15,820 if single
$21,710 if married and filing jointly
$538


Who should I contact if I have questions or what to set up an appointment?

Please call 515.571.3381 with any questions or to make an appointment. If no one is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and you will be called back to set up an appointment.

When are appointments available?

We are taking appointments for the time period February 1 through April 9, 2021. NO WALK INS this year, due to Covid-19.

Please call 515.571.3381 to set up an appointment. If no one is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and you will be called back to set up an appointment.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Copies of all W-2 ,1099 tax forms and all tax statements you have received
  • Information for other income
  • Forms 1095A, 1095-B or 1095-C
  • Information on all items you wish to deduct
  • Social Security Cards for all individuals who will be listed on the tax return
  • Birthdates for all people listed on the return
  • A copy of last year's tax return
  • Total paid to daycare provider and their tax ID
  • Proof of health insurance (if applicable)
  • Address and Tax ID for any child care providers
  • Bank routing and account numbers or direct deposits

**Tax preparation services are provided by certified volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a tax volunteer, please contact the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge at 515.955.8880.