United Way of Greater Atlanta is involved in helping people improve their financial stability by connecting them with financial coaching, financial education, job training and free tax filing.

  • United Way’s free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides Greater Atlanta’s working individuals and families help to simplify the tax filing process and claim important tax credits. VITA is a national initiative of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that offers FREE tax help to low- to moderate-income ($56,000 and under) individuals and families. Taxes are prepared in–person by IRS trained and certified volunteers.
  • VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, churches, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. To find a VITA site near you, click here or call 2-1-1.
  • If you’re over the age of 50, you can get one-on-one assistance by IRS-certified volunteers at 5,000 Tax-Aide sites run by AARP. Tax-Aide site are in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers. There’s no fee and no sales pitch for other services. AARP membership is not required. Find a location near you.If you earn less than $69,000, you can file for free through IRS Free File, a partnership between the agency and the Free File Alliance, a group of private preparers. Click here for more details on the program. Each company has a slightly different free offering, so be sure to read the eligibility requirements to make sure you can file your state return free of charge as well. A number of companies will prepare a state return and e-file it at no cost through partnerships with participating state programs.If your income is more than $69,000, you can use the Free Fillable File Forms, an electronic versions of IRS paper forms. But that doesn’t include the software help available through Free File.
  • If you’re in the military, you can use MilTax, a service provided by the Department of Defense that uses a version of H&R Block’s tax software. It’s free to active-duty service members, those in the National Guard or Reserves, and their families. There are no income or tax form restrictions.
  • For people who have W-2 income only and a simple return, you can file federal and up to three state returns for free online with MyFreeTaxes®. MyFreeTaxes.com is a partnership between United Way and H&R Block. Simple tax situations covered for free in MyFreeTaxes include: W-2 income; limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV; student education expenses, credits or student loan interest; unemployment income; claiming the standard deduction; EITC; child tax credits; child and dependent care expenses.You can also take advantage of helpful tools such as calculators, error checkers and online chats, plus a free help line operating daily from 10 am-10 pm ET with IRS-trained staff who speak both English and Spanish.

    Unfortunately, MyFreeTaxes no longer provides a free return to filers who are self-employed. Self-employed filers will need to report all of their income and expenses on a Schedule C form, which is not included in the MyFreeTaxes software. If you are self-employed, and wish to use MyFreeTaxes to file your taxes, you will be charged $24.99 for a federal return and $18.50 for each state return (a 50% discount on H&R Block’s usual fees).

United Way of Greater Atlanta is hosting a VITA Request for Application Orientation session designed to assist you with your VITA sub grant application.

The orientation will take place Thursday, August 23 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Please take the time to review the application package thoroughly and come prepared to ask questions related to the application and/or process to become a VITA site.

If you plan to attend the session, please RSVP to vita@unitedwayatlanta.org.

We thank you for your interest in VITA and look forward to hearing from you soon.


Don’t forget these important dates!

  • Applications Due: Friday, August 31, 2018 by 3:00 p.m.
  • Grant Period: October 31, 2018 to May 31, 2019
  • Grants Notification: October 31, 2018

Start planning now for year-end tax impact.

There are numerous ways to still save on taxes this year. Our end of the year checklist covers the most common ways to plan and save money.

1. Charitable contributions: Give before the end of the year and reduce your income taxes. Review your gifts to date to ensure you have given to the causes important to you and in the amounts you intend. Also check that you have proper receipts and documentation.

2. Flexible spending accounts: If you contribute to a Flexible Spending Account, make sure you have used all the money in the account. Now might be the time to have that medical procedure you have been delaying.

3. Mortgage Interest: You can pay your January mortgage payment early and add to your mortgage deduction this year. Just check with your accountant on how do to this.

4. State and local taxes: Call your accountant now to ask what state and local taxes may be paid in 2016 that will reduce your deferral income taxes for the same year.

5. Income tax withholding: After calculating your taxes for 2016, work with your accountant to see if you should adjust the withholding on your employers W-2 form.