Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals who earn less than $55,000 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 28, 2019)

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