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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program offers free tax preparation to qualifying taxpayers in the greater Johnson City area. All of our volunteers are fully trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

VITA was established in 2007 with the intention of extending services to those who are underserved in hard–to–reach areas, both urban and non-urban. VITA generally offers free tax preparation to people who make $60,000 or less and need help filing their own tax returns. Well trained, IRS certified volunteers have dedicated their time and effort resulting in incremental increases in federal return preparation each year and demonstrated efficient use of IRS funds.

In 2009, Milligan College began participation in the VITA Program in order to fulfill the needs of the greater Johnson City area.  That year one volunteer performed 35 returns. Last year, Milligan had dozens of volunteers who prepared over 835 returns.

Backed by Dr. Harold Branstrator, the VITA Program at Milligan College prepares students, who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service, to prepare returns for the citizens of Johnson City and surrounding areas.

Read the full news release for Milligan’s 2015 VITA program here. To see what VITA is about, click here.

Tax Preparation Site Schedule

Tax preparation begins February 2, 2015. Sites and days of operation include:

Mondays:  Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee, 37659, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Tuesdays: Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union, 5034 Bobby Hicks Highway, Suite 2, Gray, Tennessee, 37615, 5-9 p.m.

Wednesdays: Milligan College, Derthick Hall, Room 109, Milligan College, Tennessee,  37682, 5-9 p.m.

Thursdays: Elizabethton Carter County Public Library, 201 North Sycamore Street, Elizabethton, Tennessee, 37643, 4-8 p.m.

Saturdays: Grandview Christian Church, 300 University Parkway, Johnson City, Tennessee, 37604, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Grace Baptist Church, 1114 Broad Street, Elizabethton, Tennessee, 37643, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.                                                                                                     Grace is only open for tax prep on the following dates: February 7, 28; March 14, 21, 28; and April 11

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What To Bring

Each person filing a return through this program MUST use the correct Social Security Number. If you do not have a Social Security Number for either yourself or a dependent, you will need to obtain one by completing Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application.

What do you bring to the VITA site to have your tax returns prepared?

For more detailed information directly from the IRS, you may visit the IRS VITA/TCE website by clicking HERE.

Student Volunteer Information

COURSES:

BADM 220 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA Introductory Course)

This course is offered for students who HAVE NOT participated in the VITA program in the past. It provides beginning level experience in providing federal income tax preparation services to low/mid income level taxpayers. Students will receive training and certification through the Internal Revenue Service. Once certification is complete, students will prepare returns at various locations in the area. All activities are under the direct supervision of the course instructor. (Prerequisite: Consent of the course instructor)

BADM 320 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA Advanced Course)

This course is offered to students who HAVE already taken BADM220 and completed that introductory VITA course. It provides an advanced level experience in providing federal income tax preparation services to low/mid income level taxpayers. Responsibilities include assisting in managing tax preparation sites, preparing amended income tax returns and assistance in audited returns. Activities are under the direct supervision of the course instructor. Students will receive continued training and certification through the Internal Revenue Service. (Prerequisites: BADM220 and consent of the course instructor)

COURSE CREDIT INFORMATION:

Internal Revenue Service certification training: 24 hours of training are included as a component of both courses.

1 Credit Hour Course: Students earn one credit hour by completing the IRS certification training and also participating in tax preparation services at one preparation site per week for nine weeks. (4 hours per week)

2 Credit Hour Course: Students earn two credit hours by completing the IRS certification training and also participating in tax preparation services at two preparation sites per week for nine weeks. (8 hours per week)

3 Credit Hour Course: Students earn three credit hours by completing the IRS certification training and also participating in tax preparation services at three preparation sites per week for nine weeks. (12 hours per week)