Food and Nutrition

VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)

Free Tax Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

QCAP provides free tax preparation for households less than $58,000 in income.

IRS-certified volunteers prepare taxes and identify tax credits that households may be eligible for.  Utilizing the free tax preparation services allows families to retain their full refund, avoiding typical preparation fees which can often cost hundreds of dollars.

QCAP’s Tax Program has ended for the season, and will resume in the winter of 2023. We are not currently booking tax appointments, but will begin doing so again in January. 
If you are a past year tax client who has received a letter from the IRS or have other questions about your return, please contact our Program Assistant, Theresa Whittaker, at 617-657-5355.

VITA Eligibility:

To qualify for free tax preparation, clients must meet several criteria. The 2022 IRS requirements for VITA are posted below for your reference:

  • Your 2021 household income must have been $58,000 or less, or you must have qualified for QCAP fuel assistance this season. The income limit is per return, so couples filing joint returns must have a combined income of $58,000 or less.
  • You must be a full-time resident of Massachusetts.

Benefits of using VITA:

  • A FREE service! There is no fee to participate in the VITA program. QCAP can help you save on expensive tax preparation fees
  • Make the most of your return – Tax preparers will identify tax credits that households may be eligible for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit, and others
  • Convenient Schedule – evening and weekend hours available!
  • Multiple languages available – QCAP has VITA volunteers who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, and other languages.

Documents Needed: 

In order to have your taxes prepared, you will need the following documents (as applicable to your situation):

  • A Government-issued photo ID (license, passport).
  • Social Security card or document from Social Security Administration or IRS showing Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number for you, spouse, and ALL dependents
  • Proof of health insurance (1095 A/B/C, 1099 HC) if available
  • All W-2 and 1099 forms
  • Childcare expenses if applicable,(typically a letter from care provider)
  • College expenses if applicable (Form 1098-T, student account statement, receipts)
  • All 1098 forms including: mortgage interest, real estate taxes paid, student loan interest, and college tuition
  • Bank account and routing number if electing direct deposit or debit
  • If itemizing deductions: medical receipts, charitable contributions and excise tax bills
  • If filing taxes on a married filing jointly return, both spouses must participate
  • Copy of your 2020 tax return if available
  • Letters or Notices from IRS (such as summaries of payments received-Letters 6475 & 6419)

    QCAP is not able to prepare the following tax returns:

    • Tax returns for other states
    • Tax years prior to 2021
    • Active military personnel
    • Landlords, rental property, investment property
    • International students (students on VISA)
    • Business owners
    • Schedule K-1 income
    • Some short sales, foreclosure, or loan modifications

     

    Contact Us

    QCAP Tax Line and Email
    (617) 657-5345
    taxes@qcap.org

    1509 Hancock Street
    Quincy, MA 02169