VITA Program

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Randy Skalberg and VITA students

The UMD Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides tax return preparation services for low and moderate-income residents of the Duluth-Superior area. In 2015, the VITA program prepared returns for over 950 low-income clients. 

Students participating in the VITA program will earn one or two credits in their major, gain real-world experience in tax return preparation, and participate in a service-learning program at two community locations, the Duluth Public Library and in LSBE.

As a service learning program, VITA provides hands-on experience not only preparing the returns for clients but also developing client service skills and aiding people in need in their community. Students gain both marketable workplace skills as well as the benefits that come from giving back to their community.

FREE VOLUNTEER TAX ASSISTANCE
Beginning February 4, 2017-April 8, 2017
For more information call 726-6779 or email us at umdvita@d.umn.edu

IRS VITA return preparation sites are operated by certified volunteers. Site operation hours and services offered may be limited. Please be advised that you may not be immediately served. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)- 2017 Schedule

Duluth Public Library
Location: 520 W. Superior St.

Beginning Saturday, February 4, 2017-April 8, 2017
Closed on Presidents Day, February 20, 2017
Closed for UMD’s Spring Break, March 4, 2017-March 11, 2017

HOURS:     Mondays, 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., February 6, 13, 27; March 13, 20, 27; April 3

                Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 18, 25; April 1, 8

 UMD Campus- Labovitz School of Business and Economics
Location: 1318 Kirby Drive, LSBE Rooms LSBE 134 and 144

Beginning Saturday, February 4, 2017- Saturday, April 8, 2017
Closed for UMD’s Spring Break, March 4, 2017- March 11, 2017

HOURS:     Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., February 8, 15, 22; March 1, 15, 22, 29; April 5

                 Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 18, 25; April 1, 8

 UMD Campus-UMD International Students ONLY

Location:      UMD Life Science 175, Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
                     UMD LSBE 118, Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
                     UMD Life Science 175, March 22, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
                     UMD LSBE 118, Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

 What to Bring

  • For married filing jointly, both spouses must be present
  • All forms, W-2 and 1099
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits including any forms 1098
  • A copy of last year’s return
  • Account number and routing number for direct deposit of refund
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices/cards for you, your spouse, and/or dependents
  • Proof of identification for your self and/or spouse
  • Total paid, if any, to daycare provider and their tax ID number
  • Birthdays for you, spouse and dependents on the return
  • Forms 1095-A (Affordable Health Care Statements)
  • Rent Certificates (From CRP) and/or 2016 property tax statement
  • Receipts for purchase of school-related materials for K-12 students

 The IRS provides guidelines that the VITA Program must follow. Tax Return preparation is:

  •  Restricted to taxpayers with low to moderate income ($54,000 or less).
  • Limited to returns with the following types of income:
    • Wages and salaries (Form W-2)
    • Interest Income (Form 1099-INT)
    • Dividends Received (Form 1099-DIV)
    • State Tax Refunds (Form 1099-G)
    • Unemployment Compensation (Form 1099-G)
    • IRA Distributions (Form 1099-R)
    • Pension Income (Form 1099-R, Form RRB-1099)
    • Social Security Benefits (Form SSA-1099)
    • Simple Capital Gain/Loss
    • Sale of Home (1099-S) Limited to basic situation
    • Gambling Winnings (Form W-2G)
    • Cancellation of Debt from Credit Cards (1099-C)
    • Limited to returns with basic deductions
    • Limited to returns with the following tax credits:
      • Education Credits (Form 1098-T)
      • Child Tax Credit
      • Earned Income Credit
      • Child & Dependent Care Credit
      • Retirement Savings contribution credit
      • Available for Affordable Care Act Statements (Form 1095-A)