Free Tax Preparation

The VITA Free Tax Preparation Program for the 2017 Tax Season has concluded for the year. (effective April 16, 2018)

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 2017, 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 2017
Income Limit
Maximum EITC Credits
Three or more qualifying children $48,340 if single
$53,930 if married and filing jointly
$6,318
Two qualifying children $45,007 if single
$50,597 if married and filing jointly
$5,616
One qualifying child $39,617 if single
$45,207 if married and filing jointly
$3,400
No qualifying children $15,010 if single
$20,600 if married and filing jointly
$510


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

Please call our receptionist at 515.955.8880 with any questions or to make an appointment. If she is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and she will call you back to set up an appointment.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available Tuesdays 4-7 PM and Saturdays 8 AM - 1 PM starting January 27 and going through April 14. Please call our receptionist at 515.955.8880 to set up an appointment. If she is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and she will call you 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.