United Way of Greater Atlanta provides free tax preparation services to the community through a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides Greater Atlanta’s working individuals and families free tax prep to low-to-moderate income ($58,000 and under). Taxes are prepared by IRS trained and certified volunteers. We want you to keep ALL your tax refund. Why pay $250 – $500 to get your taxes prepared when you can have them prepared by an IRS certified Volunteer for FREE!

This year, filing your taxes is more important than ever. Here are two reasons why:

  1. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax credit for low and moderate-income wage earners. For the 2021 tax year, the earned income credit ranges from $543 to $6,728 depending on tax-filing status and number of children. Learn how much you can receive using the EITC Assistant.
  2. Advance Child Tax Credit payments were early payments from the IRS that were paid monthly, July though December 2021. It’s important to reconcile your advance Child Tax Credit payments with the amount of Child Tax Credit for which you are eligible on your 2021 federal income tax return. Read more about this credit and make sure you are claiming the tax credit!

Tax Tips!

Choose the Filing Option That Works Best for You

This year, due to CDC guidelines for COVID-19, VITA is serving Greater Atlanta with free virtual tax prep opportunities as well as free limited in-person tax prep, by appointment only. You can also do it yourself with help from an IRS-Certified Volunteer.

My Free Taxes

  • Do It Yourself Virtual Free Tax Prep at  www.MyFreeTaxes.com
    • Do it yourself (with help if needed)! Prepare and file your own State and Federal tax return for Free.
    • Tax help available if needed from an IRS-certified Volunteer. Using My Free Taxes your income can be $73,000 a year or less.
    • Learn more. 

Local VITA Tax Prep Sites

  • SEE BELOW FOR THE CURRENT LOCATION LISTING. Some are by appointment only.
  • IRS-certified volunteers work one-on-one with you to prepare and file your federal and state tax returns. 
  • Anyone with a household income of $58,000 a year or less is eligible. 
  • If you are not in the Greater Atlanta area, you can go to the IRS VITA locator: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/find-a-location-for-free-tax-prep

VITA sponsors

 

2022 VITA LOCATIONS

***Updated April 22, 2022***

 

Clayton County

Lovejoy Community Center

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678.698.5148

Closing Date: 4/30

 

Cobb County

Turner Chapel AME

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only)

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678.285.1670 ext.1910

Closing Date: 10/15/2022

 

DeKalb County

Beulah Baptist Church

Type of Tax Prep Service: 100% Virtual (Appointment Only) For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678-964-5452 or Email vitabeulah@gmail.com.

Closing Date: 10/15/2022

 

Fulton County

Ebenezer Baptist Church/ MLK Sr. Community Resource Collaborative

Type of Tax Prep Service: 100% Virtual For more information or to schedule an appointment: Email Ebenezer.vitatax@gmail.com

Closed 4/16 for Easter. Closing Date: 4/30

 

——- VITA Sites CLOSED FOR THE 2022 SEASON ——-

 

Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only)

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 770.936.0969

 

Clayton State University

Type of Tax Prep Service: Traditional In person (Walk-ins/Appointments)

Open: Saturdays, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678.466.4527, email vita@clayton.edu , or visit www.clayton.edu/vita

 

Community Assistance Center

Type of Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep & Traditional, In-person (Appointment Only) For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 770.552.4015 or email vita@ourcac.org

Closing Date: 4/16

 

Elizabeth Baptist Church

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 404.696.2076 or Email vitap@elizabeth.org

Type of Tax Prep Service: 100% Virtual (Appointment Only)

 

Hillcrest Church of Christ

Type of Tax Prep Service: Traditional In person (Appointment Only)

Open: Saturdays – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 404-289-4573

 

Greenbriar Mall

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep & Traditional, In-person (Walk-ins Only) For more information: Email vita@unitedwayatlanta.org

Location in Mall: Suite N320, Entrance is outside of the mall near the food court Directory – Greenbriar Mall (shopgreenbriar.com)

Open: Wednesday-Saturday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, 4/18 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Closing Date: 4/18

 

North Fulton Community Charities

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only)

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Visit nfcchelp.org or call 770-640-0399

Closing Date: 4/14

 

Osborne High School

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only) For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678.744.6470 or email osbornetaxcenter@gmail.com

Closing Date: 4/15

 

Saint Philip AME Church

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only)

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 404.371.0749

Closing Date: 4/16

 

St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep & Limited Traditional In-person (Walk-Ins/Appointments)

Open: Saturdays, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678.632.3352

 

St. Vincent de Paul-Dallas

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only)

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 770.443.1537

 

St. Vincent de Paul-Chamblee

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only)

For More Information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678.892.6160

Closing Date: 4/12

 

South Fulton-Gladys S Dennard Library

Address: 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, GA 30291

Type of Tax Prep Service: Traditional (Walk-ins Only)

Open: Saturdays, 10:00-2:00 PM

Closing Date: 4/16

 

St. Vincent de Paul-Lakewood (Sullivan Center)

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep (Appointment Only)

For more information or to schedule an appointment: Call 678.705.7828

Closing Date: 4/15

 

The Mall West End

Type of Tax Prep Service: Drop Off, Virtual Prep / Limited Traditional, In-person (Walk-ins Only) For more information: Email vita@unitedwayatlanta.org

Location in Mall: Suites 543-544, directly across from “Beauty Depot/It’s Wigs” Directory | The Mall West End

Open: Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM & Saturday, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Closing Date: 4/16

 

Need additional information? Contact VITA@unitedwayatlanta.org

 

 

Jerry Jenkins shifts her weight in a folding metal chair and starts to get comfortable as she waits to hear her name called. She peers out over the top of a blue facemask and holds the content of a manila file folder securely in her lap.

Jenkins is waiting to be called next to the desk at this Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) center at the West End Mall in Atlanta. The room of an old retail shop in the corner of the mall has been taken over by a team of masked volunteers sitting at desks divided by clear partitions, in front of chairs evenly-spaced out and routinely wiped down and sprayed with Lysol.

Each year, United Way of Greater Atlanta provides free tax preparation services to the community through a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The VITA program provides people in Greater Atlanta and their families these services for those with low-to-moderate income, and those tax services are done by IRS-trained professionals and certified volunteers.VITA participant on St. Patrick's Day

These physical locations are usually packed throughout the week, but things have obviously changed this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic and guidelines put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

VITA is designed to make sure you take home all of your tax refund without worrying about fees. That’s what brought Jenkins, who is decked out in full green from head to toe on St. Patrick’s Day, here to this site—well, that, and her daughter Stephanie Sanchez, who physically brought her to the site.

“I had no experience with this [VITA] before,” Jenkins says. “But I had heard about it through my daughter. I’ve done programs like this with AARP in the past.”

The COVID-19 pandemic had changed the typical plans for what these VITA locations and other similar programs may have done in the past, but Jenkins says she knew she could feel safe coming to this site on the Westside.

“I felt like I could come here and be more secure, and feel secure giving them my information—plus, it’s free,” she says with a laugh.

Jenkins and Sanchez have lived in the Atlanta area their entire lives, and Sanchez says she has continually taken advantage of the free services offered by United Way. She’s familiar with United Way and had worked with different children’s programs in the past that had been partners with United Way of Greater Atlanta, she says.

“For one, it’s free; two, you feel safe,” Sanchez says. “You can trust that they are experienced, and you can feel safe giving them your information.”

Jim Currie is one of the volunteers at this site at West End Mall who ensures safety and security at this VITA location. Currie is a technology consultant and makes sure all of the computers, printers and other equipment are operating efficiently.

He’s been doing this for about 12 years—he got his start in this specific role with the Atlanta Community Food Bank before merging with United Way, he says.

“I’m here to make sure that all of the equipment works and that we have a process to get people in and out,” Currie says.

Currie, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, is 90 years old—he’ll turn 91 in July— and after his time in the military, Currie worked for IBM for 22 years. He says he wants to volunteer with VITA for “as long as [he] can.”

In his 12 years volunteering, a lot has changed, but no year has been quite like this one, he says.

“It’s different—It’s different because of the virus.” he says. “But one thing we want to make sure of is that everyone feels safe. It’s a safe environment, people are wearing masks, keeping their distance and they’ll take care of you.

The attention put on safety, security and the overall professionalism is what brought Sanchez back again, this time with her mother.

It’s been a difficult year, of course, and filing your taxes is more important than ever. This year, because of CDC guidelines for COVID-19, VITA is serving Greater Atlanta with free virtual tax prep opportunities as well as free limited in-person tax prep, by appointment only. You can also do it yourself with help from an IRS-Certified Volunteer.

“It’s important to me to get the most out of [your tax return] as you can,” Sanchez says. “I mean, it’s the law, you have to file your taxes every year. You want to get it done where you can feel safe—there are so many scams out there, and you don’t want to just hand out your information to anybody.

“Overall, VITA has been very convenient for me.”

On March 17, the IRS announced an extension of Tax Day to May 17. Take the time now to learn more about VITA, the Earned Income Tax Credit and how you can find an in-person drop-off at a number of locations across Greater Atlanta.

United Way also partners with My Free Taxes so you can file personally from your own home.