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Do you want your tax returns done fast and free? 

AACC's VITA program is your solution!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through AACC's School of Business and Law is a free, no-strings-attached service providing income tax assistance, preparation, review, and e-filing of returns for taxpayers who earned less than $56,000 in 2019. This includes both federal and state returns.


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What to Expect

Your federal and state returns are prepared by AACC students and alumni who have gone through extensive training and have passed the IRS volunteer examinations. These volunteers are supervised by AACC Business Administration/Accounting faculty members and AACC staff-many are certified, public accountants. During your appointment, we will meet with you, discuss your tax situation, and prepare your federal and state returns. Returns will then be e-filed. If a refund is due, that money can be deposited directly into your bank account, often within a matter of days.

The program is coordinated by Michael Gavin, M.B.A., assistant professor of Business Administration

Appointments are available beginning in February 2020, and ending April 2020: 

  • 3:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

For information call our VITA office at 410-777-2051 or e-mail vita@aacc.edu.

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Prepare for Your Appointment

VITA is free, but you still must prepare for your appointment.

Before meeting with the tax preparer at AACC for your scheduled appointment, review the following information and find out what important documents and forms you need to bring with you. 

If you have a complex return, you are encouraged to see a professional preparer for assistance.

Documents Needed

Bring these items to your appointment with the tax preparer.

What to Bring

  • Proof of identification (photo ID) for yourself and/or your spouse
    • For married couples filing jointly, both spouses must be present.
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
    • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number.
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • All W2s, 1099 and 1098 forms (Wages and Interest)
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C (Health Coverage Statements)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate (if received)
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns (if available)
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit (such as a blank check)
  • Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number. 

Other Documents Needed (if applicable)

  • Documentation of all income sources
  • Documentation of all deductions/credits
  • Cancellation of debt (Form 1099-C)
  • Child Tax Credit (will file if qualified)
  • Earned Income Credit (will file if qualified)
  • Education Credits (will file if qualified)
  • Dividends received (Form 1099-Div)
  • Interest Income (Form 1099-INT)
  • Capital Gains/Loss (Form 1099-B)
  • IRA Distributions (Form 1099-R).
  • Pension Income (Form 1099-R, RRB-1099, CSA-1099)
  • Social Security Benefits (SSA-1099)
  • State Tax Refunds (Form 1099-G)
  • Unemployment Benefits (Form 1099-G)
  • Self-employed Income (1099-Misc)
  • Gambling Winnings (Form W-2G)
  • Mortgage Interest (Form 1098)
  • Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T)
  • Itemized Deduction list (limited)
  • Schedule C information (limited)
  • Schedule E information (limited)

Tax Forms Not Prepared by AACC

  • Form 1040 Non-resident
  • Complicated Schedule C with losses
  • Complicated and advanced Schedule D (capital gains and losses)
  • Federal employment taxes and income tax withholding
  • Form SS-5 (request for Social Security Number)
  • Form SS-8 (determination of worker status)
  • Form 8606 (Non-deductible IRA)
  • Form 8615 (minors investment income)
  • Prior Year and Amended Return

Questions?

We're here to help.

School of Business and Law
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

HOURS OF OPERATION

By appointment only.

Feb. 8–April 4*

  • Wednesday
    3:30–7 p.m.
  • Saturday
    11 a.m.–1 p.m.

*AACC will be closed on March 16-22 for spring break. VITA will not be taking appointments during that week. 

LOCATION

Careers Center building
Room 326
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012


IRS Intuit Free File Tax Service

In addition to the in-person tax preparation provided by AACC VITA, you also have the choice to prepare and file your federal individual income tax return yourself for free using Intuit's "IRS Free File Program delivered by TurboTax." 

If you can answer 'yes' to any of these questions, you qualify!