What is VITA?

FREE, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance — the program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for a quick refund.  VITA helps individuals and families, with annual incomes up to $57,000, get ahead financially, pay down debt and work toward saving for the future.

VITA sites are open!

What to bring with you to your tax appointment:
  • Proof of identification (photo ID) for you and your spouse
  • Social Security card(s) for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse, and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security Number
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse, and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statements (W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-MISC) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit (i.e. a blank check)
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Total paid for daycare provider and  the daycare provider's tax identifying number, such as their SS Number or business Employer ID Number
  • Forms 1095-A, B, and C, Health Coverage Statements
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable
  • Economic Impact Payment (Recovery Rebate Credit)  **You will need to provide the amounts for the 1st and 2nd deposit.**
  • Identity PIN number issued from the IRS, if applicable

 

South Mississippi VITA Partnership has a site near you!

Jackson County

5343 Jefferson Street
Moss Point, MS  39563
228.769.3292

Monday - Thursday 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

George County

7102 Highway 98 East
Lucedale, MS  39452
601.947.5989

By Appointment Only

 

South Central Community Action

115 First Avenue N
Magee, MS  39111
769.235.8224

TBD

 

Mercy Housing &
Human Development

1135 Ford Street
Gulfport, MS  39507
tevans@mhhd.org

Monday, Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

Harrison County

500 24th Street
Gulfport, MS  39507
228.284.6776

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
By Appointment Only

 

Central Mississippi, Inc. (CMI)

101 S. Central Ave
Winona, MS  38967
662.283.4781 ext. 5004

TBD

Keesler AFB

Airman & Family Readiness Office
Room 134, Levitow Building
228.377.5311

1st and 2nd Mondays: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
3rd and 4th Mondays:  4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday:  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM; 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Training Fridays:  1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Non-Training Fridays:  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sundays:  1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

 

Become a VITA Volunteer! 

At VITA sites, IRS-trained and certified volunteers work one-on-one with filers to prepare and electronically file state and federal income tax forms at no charge and determine qualifications for tax credits and refunds.

You can help by:
  • Preparing and filing income tax returns with filers; or
  • Greeting filers, managing appointment schedules; and
  • Helping filers learn about ways to save and stretch their refunds; or
  • Translating languages for volunteers and filers
What you need:
  • Experience using computers
  • Time to volunteer Mid-January through Mid-April
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills

What’s in it for you?

VITA is a meaningful, unique experience for the volunteers and filers. As a volunteer, you’ll:

  • Learn valuable, lifelong skills that can be used personally or professionally.
  • Obtain an IRS certification to build your resume
  • Make a difference in the community where you live. Each tax return completed by a volunteer could raise a family’s earned income by an average of $1,850.

To volunteer, please contact:

Jackson County Civic Action Committee
228-769-3292 or lkendrick@jccivicaction.org