United Way of the Quad Cities partners with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to help Quad Citizens with their tax preparations.
VITA’s trained volunteers will prepare taxes for FREE for Quad Citizens with a household income of $57,000 or less.
The average tax return filed by VITA is $1,500 per family. A total of $5.2 million was returned to Quad-Cities residents last year, saving a total of $1 million in fees.
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 three to five days on average.
WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE FREE TAX SITES?
Schedule your appointment starting in mid-January, 2020. Dial 563.355.9900 for your appointment.
Learn what to bring and where you can make an appointment to meet with VITA’s trained volunteers in this document.
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. 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 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
You may claim this credit if you pay someone to care for your dependent who is under 13 years 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 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? The Earned Income Tax Credit is a 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 a refund.
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
To find out if you qualify for FREE tax preparation, dial 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. You don’t need to be an accountant to volunteer. We offer a program to train you before you start preparing taxes. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Karrie Abbott or call 563.344.0330.
THANK YOU SPONSORS
Iowa Center for Economic Success
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
Quad City Bank & Trust
GreenState Credit Union
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR VITA PARTNERS
Association for the Advancement of Retired People (AARP)
Bettendorf Community Center
Center for Active Seniors (CASI)
East Moline Public Library
Geneseo Public Library
Internal Revenue Service
John Deere Asian Connection Employee Resource Group
Lane & Waterman
Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center
Moline Public Library
Palomares Social Justice Center
Project NOW Senior Center
Rock Island Township Hall
Scott Community College
Silvis Public Library
St. Ambrose University
Western Illinois University