Updated May 18, 2021

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 ($57,000 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. 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.

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.

Choose the Filing Option That Works Best for You

Get Your Refund

  • Free Virtually Tax Prep by a certified IRS Volunteer at www.GetYourRefund.org/uwga
  • Online, mobile-friendly application connecting tax filers with free, IRS-certified tax help.
  • Anyone with a household income of $57,000 a year or less is eligible.
  • IRS-certified volunteers work with you to prepare and file your State and Federal tax returns.

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 if your income is $57,000 a year or less.
  • Free and secure software. Learn more.

Local VITA Tax Prep Site

  • By appointment only. Email VITA@unitedwayatlanta.org for more information.

Required Documents

View our checklist to see all documents required to file your taxes. If you are missing a document, follow the links in the checklist to obtain a copy.

 

Need additional information? Contact VITA@unitedwayatlanta.org

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