About Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Sponsored by the Coastal Bend VITA Coalition, VITA is a collaboration of United Way of the Coastal Bend, Del Mar College, Goodwill Industries of South Texas, the Internal Revenue Service, Coastal Bend College, Nueces County Keach Family Library, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. No taxpayer shall be subjected to discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Trained and tested by IRS-certified instructors, VITA volunteers provide FREE income tax filing services for low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Participating taxpayers avoid fees and receive assistance obtaining all applicable tax credits. VITA's goal is to get as much income back to taxpayers as possible. Interested in volunteering? Visit our VITA Volunteer Training page for information on upcoming training sessions in February. If you have any questions about volunteering, download the VITA Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions list.
VITA Service Information
Click on the links below to download PDF documents detailing volunteer training information, volunteer FAQs, and VITA locations/hours. Please note: VITA locations begin opening January 22nd. You may file at any time and your return will be queued as the IRS will not start processing forms until January 29th. The IRS has determined that returns with disaster loss claims are outside of VITA’s scope. Those claiming disaster losses are encouraged to seek filing assistance through MyFreeTaxes or other filing services. To protect against tax and identity fraud, the IRS will not start processing forms with Earned Income Tax Claims (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credits (ACTC) until February 15th.
What to Bring to a VITA Location
Government-issued photo ID; Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents; an Individual Taxpayer Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security Number; proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN; birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return; wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099 Misc.) from all employers; interest and dividend statements from the banks (Forms 1099); all Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements; Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received; a copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available; proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check; to file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms; total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number; Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Care Statements; and copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable.
List of VITA Locations
Scroll below to find your nearest VITA location for free tax filing services or download a PDF of the locations list.