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 $56,000, get ahead financially, pay down debt and work toward saving for the future.

VITA sites open January 27, 2020!

What to bring with you to your tax appointment:
  • Valid Picture ID
  • Social Security card(s) for you, your spouse, children, and any others shown on the tax return
  • Copies of ALL W-2's, 1098s, 1099s, Social Security statement, and the amount of other income received by you, and your spouse if applicable
  • Form 8332 for non-custodial parent claiming child(ren)
  • Child/Dependent Care Tax statement, if applicable
  • Student loan interest and/or college tuition expenses paid
  • For direct deposit, bring checking and/or savings account number and routing transit number (a copy of a voided check)
  • Additional documentation to claim possible tax credits, such as the first-time homebuyer credit
  • A copy of your 2018 tax return is helpful, but not required

 

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

 

 

 

 

Harrison County Mercy Housing

1135 Ford Street
Gulfport, MS  39507
228.896.1945

By Appointment Only

 

Harrison County

500 24th Street
Gulfport, MS  39507
228.284.6799

By Appointment Only

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 2020
  • 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