Free Tax Preparation

Need Help Getting Your Taxes Done?

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) project will prepare your taxes for FREE. You qualify if your household earns $57,000 or less per year. The average savings per year is $1,000,000 in fees and the average return is $1,600 per family. A total of $6.39 million was returned to people of the Quad Cities in 2014.

Who Will Prepare My Taxes?

Trained volunteers will prepare your taxes at no cost and they will make sure you receive ALL the tax credits you are eligible for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

These IRS-certified volunteers can also answer any questions you have about building savings and protecting your finances. Many locations will also offer you the opportunity to open a savings account and have your tax return deposited directly to that account.

Returns are deposited into your account in 3 to 5 days on average.

When and Where Are the Free Tax Sites?

Tax sites will open in late January, 2016. Appointments through 2-1-1 begin the 2nd week of January.

What to Bring

The following items are necessary to prepare your tax return.

  • Driver’s License or Photo I.D.
  • Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for all members in your family
  • All W-2 Forms
  • If filing jointly, your spouse must be present
  • Copy of prior year tax return (if applicable)
  • Account Numbers for electronic deposit of refund
  • 1099 Forms (if applicable)
  • 1099-G Unemployment Benefits
  • 1099-INT Interest from your bank
  • 1099-R Pensions, Annuities, Retirement Plans

How Can I Check My Refund Status?

For further information you can contact the IRS or call (800) 829-1040

Available Tax Credits

Child Tax Credits (CTC)
How can you benefit from the Child Tax Credit? CTC is a federal tax credit now worth up to $1,000 per child for the tax year 2014. New eligibility requirements enacted by congress allow more families to become eligible for the CTC, regardless of whether they owe income tax. Certain families may also be eligible for both the CTC and the EITC.

You may claim this credit if you pay someone to care for your dependent who is under 13 or for your spouse or dependent who is not able to care for him or herself. The Credit can be up to 30 percent of your expenses. To qualify, you must pay these expenses so you can work or look for work.

Education Credits
Education Credits are available to persons who pay expenses for higher education. You can claim this credit if A) you pay qualified tuition and related expenses of higher education (this includes borrowed funds) B) you pay the tuition and related expenses for an eligible student C) the eligible student is either yourself, your spouse or a dependent you claim.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
What is the Earned Income Tax Credit? It’s money in your pocket! The Earned Income Tax Credit is refundable Federal tax credit for eligible individuals and families who work and have earned income. The EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe, and it may give you refund.

How Do I Get More Information?

To find out if you qualify for FREE tax preparation, call 2-1-1 or 563.355.9900.

Seeking VITA Volunteers

Volunteers are what make this VITA project possible. No experience necessary. If you can use a computer, you can help. We need your help!

Special Thanks to Our VITA Partners

Association for the Advancement of Retired People (AARP)
Augustana College
Bettendorf Community Center
Blackhawk Bank and Trust
Center for Active Seniors (CASI)
Clinton RSVP
East Moline Public Library
Friendly House
Geneseo Public Library
Greater Metro Housing Authority
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED) Ventures
Internal Revenue Service
MLK Center
Moline Housing Authority
Moline Public Library
Rock Island Arsenal Federal Credit Union
Rock Island Housing Authority
Rock Island Township Hall
Western Illinois University


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Goal: All youth are prepared to be successful in work and life.
Challenge in the Quad Cities: 35% of all third graders are not reading at grade level.


Goal: All individuals and families are economically self-sufficient.
Challenge in the Quad Cities: 18% of families live at or below poverty level.


Goal: All children and adults are healthy.
Challenge in the Quad Cities: 3,885 youth under age eighteen are in need of mental health treatment.