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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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Out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our residents, our employees and our patrons, this program is suspended until further notice.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers Montgomery County residents free tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals who earn less than $56,000 per year. Preparation is done by IRS-trained volunteers who assist taxpayers in determining if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Services are offered in both English & Spanish.

Location & Hours

Benjamin Gaither Center
80A Bureau Drive
Mondays 3:30 - 7:30 p.m. (beginning January 27 through April 13, 2020)

Appointments can be made at 240-777-1123 during business hours, or anytime online.

Additional VITA sites are located in Rockville, Silver Spring & Wheaton.

Required Documents

The IRS will not allow VITA to prepare taxes without required documentation.

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • A Social Security card and/or ITIN for EACH family member. We cannot use prior year files to verify Social Security numbers.

  • A photo ID for each filer.

  • W-2 forms for all jobs worked.

  • Child care provider name, address, and tax ID number or Social Security number.

  • All banking account information (a voided check and/or savings deposit slip) to direct deposit your refund (or set up an account through our Bank On Gaithersburg program).

  • A copy of last year’s tax return.

  • Any document or information about money you have received from the IRS or state.

  • All 1099 forms for other income, if any.

  • Any other tax related documents you have received.

  • If you are a victim of identity theft, you must bring the letter from the IRS with your PIN number. A new letter is issued from the IRS every year.

  • If you purchased health insurance through the Marketplace for 2016, through Medicare/Medicaid, or through your employer, you should receive a Form 1095-A, B, and/or C. Please bring this form with you to complete your federal tax return.

  • If you have a Marketplace Exemption, please contact the Marketplace and get your Marketplace Exemption Certificate number to complete your federal tax return.

  • If you are married & filing jointly, your spouse must be present. If you are married & filing separately, you need your spouse’s name as spelled on his/her Social Security card & your spouse’s Social Security number.