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 to provide tax 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 $54,000 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 began participating in the VITA Program in order to fulfill the needs of the greater Johnson City area. In its first year, one volunteer performed 35 returns, and now the program has dozens of volunteers who prepare hundreds of returns each year.

Backed by Milligan’s business faculty, the college’s VITA Program prepares students, who are trained extensively and certified by the Internal Revenue Service, to prepare returns for citizens of Johnson City, Elizabethton, and the surrounding areas. The program is sponsored this year by Bank of Tennessee.

Tax Preparation Site Schedule

Milligan College will file tax returns from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on three Saturdays during the 2019 filing season:

February 16

March 23

April 6


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Or call 423.461.8700 to book an appointment.

In addition to our traditional service, this year we will also be offering Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA). This program allows the taxpayer to file his or her own tax return, with VITA volunteers present to answer questions. (It is the tax return equivalent of the self-checkout lane at the grocery store.) A small number of computers will be reserved for this program each Saturday and are available on a first come, first serve basis. You can also use the FSA service from home at myfreetaxes.com.

Every taxpayer participating in VITA must file an Intake/Interview Questionnaire. Only one completed form is needed if your filing status is Married Filing Jointly. You are welcome to fill this out ahead of time and bring the completed form with you to your appointment. You can download this form here: Intake/Interview Questionnaire

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.