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Each tax season, Arizona families miss out on millions of dollars in tax refunds because they are unaware of programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal income tax credit eligible to low-income working individuals and families. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to change this by providing families with the knowledge and guidance to lessen their financial burden. TCC’s Tempe Financial Stability Initiative works in collaboration with Landings Credit Union (formerly Tempe Schools Credit Union), Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and the Internal Revenue Service to operate a VITA program in our area.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the Free Tax Prep located?
When is the Free Tax Prep open?
Who is eligible for Free Tax Prep?
What do you need to bring with you?
What types of tax returns are prepared?
How can I have a chance to win $25,000 if I save $50?
Can a volunteer at the site help me apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
Will there be someone at the Tempe Tax site to help me apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act?
Can I be screened for benefits such as Food Stamps at the site?
Am I able to register to vote at the Tempe Tax site?
Am I eligible for any federal tax credits?
Are there special requirements for self-employed taxpayers?
Are there other VITA sites outside of Tempe that offer free tax prep?

 

Where is the Free Tax Prep site located?

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Landings Credit Union
2800 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ
(located between Broadway & Southern on the west side of Mill, entrance behind building)
Map to tax site.

When is the Free Tax Prep open?

Saturdays        9 am-Noon   January 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 21, 28 (Closed March 7 & 14 – Spring Break) April 4, 11
Wednesdays   5 pm-7 pm    February 4, 11, 18, 25

NOTE: The line starts to form 1–2 hours before the opening time listed. There is a cap on the number of tax returns which can be completed for each session.  In February, this cap is generally reached BEFORE the listed opening time.  It is very important to bring all necessary documentation to ensure a timely filing.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for free tax preparation if you meet one of these requirements:

• Low-to-moderate income taxpayers making under $53,000 in 2014
• Seniors (65 and older)
• People with disabilities

Eligibility is subject to complexity of the tax return. Tax preparation is on a first-come, first-served basis. NOTE: The line starts to form 1–2 hours before the opening time listed.  There is a cap on the number of tax returns which can be completed for each session. In February, this cap is often reached BEFORE the listed opening time. It is very important to bring all necessary documentation to ensure a timely filing.

What do you need to bring with you?

>>Complete List of What to Bring

What types of tax returns are prepared?

Federal and Arizona State such as Forms 1040 and 1040EZ and related schedules such as A, B & C-EZ

Past year federal tax returns such as Forms 1040 and 1040EZ and related schedules such as A, B & C-EZ for 2013, 2012 and 2011

How can I have a chance to win $25,000 if I save $50?

The IRS has made it easy to save some of your federal tax refund by allowing you to split your tax refund among three accounts, such as a checking, savings and a U.S. Savings Bond. Plan to bring your checking and savings account numbers and the name of your financial institution with you when you get your taxes done.

The Tempe VITA site is participating in the national www.SaveYourRefund.com promotion where you will have a chance to win a $100 weekly prize or the $25,000 grand prize by saving at least $50 of your federal tax refund during the tax preparation process. You can choose your savings account, a US Series I Savings Bond or your IRA. You must bring your savings account/IRA account number and financial institution routing numbers. VITA volunteers will answer your questions and help you enter the promotion.

Can a volunteer at the site help me apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

Taxpayers served at this VITA site will have trained volunteers to assist them in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after their return is completed.

Can I be screened for benefits such as Food Stamps at the site?

Yes, it is an easy process. You need not lose your place in line for tax preparation.

Am I able to register to vote at the Tempe Tax site?

Yes, it only takes a few minutes.

Am I eligible for any federal tax credits?

Click the links below to learn about the four common tax credits and eligibility requirements.

Earned Income Tax Credit
Child Care Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
Education Tax Credit

Are there special requirements for self-employed taxpayers?

Yes, please review the special requirements for self-employed taxpayers before coming to the Free Tax Prep site. You may NOT be eligible to receive free tax preparation at this and other Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.
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Are there other VITA sites outside of Tempe that offer free tax prep?

• Community Information and Referral (Call 211 or 1-877-211-8661)
• Mesa United Way
• West Valley
• City of Chandler
• City of Phoenix
• AARP

BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
  Maricopa County VITA Network – a partnership between Valley of the Sun United Way, AARP Tax-Aide, City of Phoenix, City of Chandler, Mesa United Way, and Tempe Community Council.


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