United Way Suncoast is offering free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

As part of the Prosperity Campaigns of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties along with the VITA Programs in Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, United Way supports free tax preparation assistance and education regarding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) at numerous locations throughout the Suncoast region.

Year-round VITA Schedule

Sulphur Springs Resource Center
727-490-9313, Appointment only
Every other Wednesday: June 30th – November 17th

Daystar Life Center
727-490-9313, Appointment only
Every other Wednesday: June 23rd – November 10th
Every other Saturday: June 19th – November 6th

United Way Suncoast Sarasota
941-366-2686, Appointment only
Every Thursday: June 10th – November 18th

Free Remote Tax Prep Assistance

Free remote tax filing is available from the comfort of your own home while still having access to help from our certified volunteers.

  • No income limit requirement
  • This is the right option for you if:
    • You are only filing for 2020 (not previous years)
    • You’re comfortable using online tax services
    • Your tax situation is simple/straightforward
    • You need a quick option
  • Visit our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions about preparing your own tax return.
  • Preparing your return, but have questions? Click here to enter your question and an IRS-certified volunteer will be in touch.

File a Return in Person

Did you earn less than $66,000 last year? Have your federal tax return prepared, e-filed, and direct deposited for FREE.

You may also file your taxes for free online (see above section).

Important information:

  • Documents Needed
  • Interview/Intake Sheet
  • COVID-19 Screening Questions (Required) Please fill out this questionnaire ahead of time to speed up your visit.
  • COVID-19 Safety Precautions
    • All sites will require an appointment. No walk-ins allowed.
    • Appointments will be spaced in a way to limit the interaction of taxpayers and allow for social distancing.
    • Only the taxpayer (and spouse if married filing jointly) may come to the site. No other individuals will be admitted.
    • All volunteers and taxpayers must wear a mask covering both the nose and mouth at the site. Masks will be available at all sites if needed.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available and surfaces will be disinfected between appointments.

What is ‘Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – VITA’?

VITA is an IRS program that utilizes certified volunteers to help provide free and accurate tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income taxpayers. These services are provided at a variety of public locations such as libraries, schools, and neighborhood centers in certain high-need areas. VITA has been instrumental in helping ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households receive thousands of dollars in additional refunds.

Visit the following link for more information: VITA – Free Tax Preparation – United Way Suncoast