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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. The Tempe Financial Stability Initiative, a collaboration with Tempe Community Council, Landings Credit Union (formerly Tempe Schools Credit Union), W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and the Internal Revenue Service, operates 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?
Save $50 for a chance to win $25,000
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?

Landings Credit Union (formerly Tempe Schools Credit Union) 2800 S. Mill Avenue Tempe, AZ (between Broadway & Southern on West side of Mill, entrance behind building) Click here for a map of the location.

When is the Free Tax Prep open?

Saturdays – 9am-Noon February 1, 8, 15, 22 March 1, 22, 29 (Closed March 8 and 15 for Spring Break) April 5, 12 Wednesdays – 5:00pm-7:00pm February 5, 12, 19, 26 March 5 Tax preparation is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  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 $52,000 in 2013
  • Elderly
  • People with disabilities

Eligibility is subject to complexity of the tax return. Tax preparation is on a first-come, first serve basis. It is very important to bring all necessary documentation to ensure a timely filing.

What do you need to bring with you?

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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 2012, 2011 and 2010

Save $50 for a chance to win $25,000

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 a national SaveYourRefund 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. Click here for information on the U.S. Series I Savings Bonds. Click here for information on the SaveYourRefund 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.

Will there be someone at the Tempe Tax site to help me apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act?

Yes, there will be a specially trained person called a “navigator” who will be there to help you explore the various plans and apply.

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. Click Here to Learn More

Are there other VITA sites outside of Tempe that offer free tax prep?


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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