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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 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 $64,000 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.

2020 Tax Preparation Site Schedule

The Milligan VITA program will not have any more tax preparation dates due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) public health situation. 

We encourage you to pursue tax filing assistance through one of the following alternatives:

  • The IRS free filing options: Free File
  • ETSU’s VITA site (423-439-4432)
  • Visit a paid preparer

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.