Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Year 2016

The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is proud to have served the American Indian community and the community at large in providing free income tax preparation service for the last 13 years.  As with all things, changes are required to keep moving forward.  For this year (2017), the ITCA VITA site will be closed to restructure the program and will re-open in 2018.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we look forward to providing this service once again starting 2018.

In the meantime, the ITCA has attached several listings available of VITA sites located within the valley.  For additional locations throughout the state, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 800.906.9887 or at http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to confirm site locations and hours of operation. Thank you.

Import information to note for Tax Year 2016

Some Refunds Delayed in 2017

Due to changes in the law, starting in 2017, the IRS can’t issue refunds before Feb. 15, 2017, for returns that claim the Earned Income Credit (EIC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). This applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with these credits. As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns once the filing season begins. All taxpayers should file as usual, and tax return preparers should also submit returns as they normally do. Even though the IRS cannot issue refunds for some early filers until at least Feb. 15, the IRS reminds taxpayers that most refunds will still be issued within the normal timeframe: 21 days or less, after being accepted for processing by the IRS.

IR-2016-152 – As Holidays Approach, IRS Reminds Taxpayers of Refund Delays in 2017

For additional Hot Topics from the IRS, please go to https://www.irs.gov/uac/whats-hot

VITA Site Eligibility

Individuals and families who made less than $54,000 in 2016; no income requirement for seniors or those with disabilities (providing the return is not too complex).

What to Take to a VITA Site

  • Copy of last year’s tax return is very helpful
  • Valid photo ID for yourself and/or your spouse
  • Social Security cards or ITIN cards for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Birthdates for you, your spouse, and dependents
  • Wage and earnings statements from all employers (Form W-2 or 1099-MISC)
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099-INT or 1099-DIV)
  • Affordable Care Act statements (Form 1095-A, 1095-B, or 1095-C)
  • Social Security statement (SSA-1099), Education expenses (1098-T), Pensions (1099-R) and Unemployment statement (1099-G) if applicable
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses, i.e., donations made, including those to schools, educational expenses, home interest, property taxes, and medical expenses for those who will be able to itemize
  • Total amount paid for day care and the day care providers’ tax identification number
  • For Direct Deposit – bank routing numbers and account numbers
  • If filing joint, both you and spouse must be present to sign the return

My Free Taxes

The United Way in partnership with H&R Block is offering an online tax preparation software for service for qualified individuals to prepare their own federal and state income tax returns.  Information is available at http://www.myfreetaxes.com.

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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Services Guide

For information on general tax law, getting a transcript or a copy of return, making a tax payment, or checking on status of a return, please click here for information guide.


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