Free Tax Help

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free, tax service provided to households that make less than $55,000 per year. Our team of volunteers, supported by full-time staff, are IRS trained and certified and will provide you with the highest quality return possible. If you are interested in benefiting from this service, please call 211 to schedule an appointment. Or if you have general questions, please direct them to vitainfo@micauw.org.

 

How to get tax help

The items below are common documents clients are required to bring in order for us to complete your taxes. Please note that you are not required to have all of these documents (i.e. if you were not a student, you will not need forms 1098-E or 1098-T).  Prior to your appointment, please review the following list as well as the examples that are available to make sure you have all applicable documents. If you have questions on what documents you will need, or how to fill some of them out please contact us by email at vitainfo@micauw.org or by phone at 517-256-1466.

Before contacting 2-1-1 to schedule your appointment, make sure you have the following documents:

Identification
  • A photo ID for both you and your spouse
  • Social Security Cards for self, spouse and/or dependents
  • Saving account information for direct deposit
  • Copy of prior year's tax return, if available

**Please note: Your taxes cannot be prepared without valid photo identification and social security cards.  If filing jointly, both spouses must be present.**

Income Statement

-Wage and earning statements

  •     W-2 Form
  •     SSI
  •     Pension (Form 1099-R)
  •     IRA
  •     Annuity
  •     Unemployment

-Broker Statements

-Social Security Income (SSA-1099)

-1099-Misc if you were self-employed

-1099-K if you were paid on a credit card (typically Lyft and Uber Drivers)

Adjustments/Deductions
  • Childcare provider's taxpayer identification number (TIN) and total paid
  • Proof of education expenses paid (Form 1098-T)
  • Charitable contributions receipts
  • Mortgage interest (Form 1098)
  • A heating bill from November or December

Homeowners: summer & winter property tax bills for previous year
Renters: Landlord's name and address and proof of rent paid in previous year
Self-Employed: Bring receipts and itemized records of expenses (i.e. mileage with trips recorded, invoices or other listing of income sources, etc.)