Income Tax Assistance Program
Eligible households must have income at $52,000 or below
Community Action Agency provides free Federal, state and city income tax preparation services through the IRS sponsorred Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. CAA provides trained IRS certified volunteer tax preparers to complete and e-file returns.
Tax preparers work with each client to ensure the client receives all of the money they are entitled to receive. This money could be from the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Homestead Property Tax Credit, Home Heating Credit, among others. To learn more about the EITC visit You Earned It or the IRS EITC homepage.
Returns are electronically filed (e-filed) to speed up the receipt of the refund. Returns for prior years may be able to be completed for you.
What To Bring To My Appoinment:
-Social Security Care ( or SS statement) for self, spouse, and dependents
-State-issued Photo Identification (Drivers License or State ID)
-All income forms: W-2's, 1099s, Social Security, DHS, Unemployment statement, etc.
-Copy of last year's tax return, if available
-Receipts for Education expenses
-Total Rent for 2013 and all landlords' names and addresses
-Total Heat expense for 2013 (deliverable fuels) or copy of recent gas/fuel bill.
-Property Tax Statement showing Summer and Winter taxes (if client owns home)
-Any documentation for itemized deductions (child care expenses, mortage interest, etc.)
-Bank routing number for direct deposit (debit cards will not work)
2012 Program Facts:
For tax year 2012, CAA had 93 volunteers who assisted 11,431 residents and generated refunds and credits of $9,478,531 to those households in Jackson, Lenawee & Hillsdale counties.
Jackson: 3,900 households / $4,865,518 in refunds & credits
Lenawee: 2,429 households / $3,322,476 in refunds & credits
Hillsdale: 1,063 households / $1,290,537 in refunds & credits
Contact Community Action:
Jackson County: 517-784-4800 or 800-491-0004
Lenawee County: 517-263-7861 or 800-438-1845
Hillsdale County: 517-437-3346 or 800-750-9300
To VOLUNTEER with VITA:
1. Watch the VITA Volunteer VIDEO to learn more about the program. (see attachments)
2. Or fill out the Volunteer Form and CAA will contact you.