VITA: Free Tax Preparation

A volunteer tax preparer congratulates a free tax preparation client on completing their tax return.

UPDATE: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has concluded. Check back soon for updates.

United Way each year helps hundreds of local families prepare their income taxes, free of charge, with our Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) program.

How it Works

Trained volunteers will prepare taxes for FREE for Quad Citizens with a household income of $57,000 or less — and make sure you receive all tax credits you are eligible for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC).

In the past three years, VITA and AARP Tax Aide have helped return about $13 million to families and individual filers in the area.


In 2022, tax preparation is offered in person primarily by appointment, with an option for walk-in services, from Feb. 1 through April 9. Drop-off tax preparation is available by appointment from Feb. 2 to April 13, in partnership with AARP.

More Information

For information about state taxes, check out the websites.

To find out if you qualify for free tax preparation, dial 563.355.9900.

For further information about VITA, or to become a volunteer, email VITA Coordinator Sara Fossey or call 563.344.0331.

Special Thanks

The Quad Cities VITA Coalition is led by United Way Quad Cities, in collaboration with AARP of Western Illinois and AARP of Eastern Iowa.

Thank you to our volunteers and host sites for allowing us to offer this much in-demand service.

United Way also thanks tax filers for respecting and following health and safety guidelines as posted by tax preparation sites to prevent the spread of illness.