Free Tax Preparation

We are no longer taking appointments for the 2016 tax season. Please look for information about next year's tax preparation appointments in January 2017.

The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free tax preparation for individuals and families who qualify based on our income guidelines and ensure taxpayers take advantage of every tax credit for which they are eligible such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Who is eligible for free tax preparation?

For tax year 2015, income limits are as follows:

  • Married, filing jointly: $60,000
  • Single with children: $60,000
  • Single with no children: $25,000

What is EITC?

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit available to low-income families. EITC was originally approved by Congress in 1975 to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work.

How does the EITC help low income families?

The bulk of EITC benefits go to families with incomes below the Federal poverty level. Research indicated that families use the EITC to pay for necessities, repair homes, and veicles that are needed to commute to work and to boost their earning power by obtaining additional education or training.

Who qualifies for the EITC?

Working people who meet certain income requirements and file a tax return (even if they did not earn enough money to be obligated to file a tax return).

For Tax Year 2014
Income Limit
Maximum EITC Credits
Three or more qualifying children $46,950 if single
$54,427 if married and filing jointly
$6,143
Two qualifying children $43,750 if single
$49,150 if married and filing jointly
$5,460
One qualifying child $38,500 if single
$43,900 if married and filing jointly
$3,305
No qualifying children $14,550 if single
$20,000 if married and filing jointly
$496


Who should I contact if I have questions or what to set up an appointment?

Please call our receptionist at 515.955.8880 with any questions or to make an appointment. If she is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and she will call you back to set up an appointment.

When are appointments available?

Appointments are available Wednesdays 4-8 PM and Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM starting January 30 and going through April 13. Please call our receptionist at 515.955.8880 to set up an appointment. If she is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and she will call you back to set up an appointment.

What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Copies of all W-2 and 1099 tax forms
  • Social Security Cards for all individuals who will be listed on the tax return
  • A copy of last year's tax return
  • Address and Tax ID for any child care providers
  • Bank routing and account numbers or direct deposits

**Tax preparation services are provided by certified volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a tax volunteer, please contact the United Way of Greater Fort Dodge at 515.955.8880.