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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 University’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.

2021 Tax Preparation Site Schedule

  • February 27
  • March 13
  • March 27 (note change from April 3)


Every taxpayer participating in VITA must file an Intake/Interview Questionnaire. Please complete PRIOR to your appointment.

Location: Milligan University | Hardin Hall

COVID Safety Precautions

Our site for 2021 will be set up to abide by all recommendations related to the spread of COVID-19.

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.