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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

In accordance with the University of Illinois System’s decision to suspend face-to-face meetings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gies College of Business Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be suspended effective 3/13/20. Those with pending appointment requests or scheduled appointments will be contacted directly. No additional requests for appointments will be accepted at this time. In the event that we are able to re-open before the tax filing deadline, we will contact taxpayers on a first come, first served basis to reschedule appointments. The likelihood of us being able to reschedule these appointments is very small, and as such, it would be prudent to seek an alternative.  Our site is not authorized to provide tax assistance via email, telephone, or other virtual method; therefore, we will unfortunately not be able to accommodate requests for such assistance. We regret the need to take these actions, but we look forward to using this time to focus efforts on growing and improving our program for next year. We hope to see you all back at that time.

The University of Illinois’ VITA program offers FREE tax assistance to low- to moderate-income (gross income less than $56,000), elderly (over age 60), limited English speaking taxpayers, and those with disabilities. It is our privilege to help residents in need prepare their tax returns. The VITA program will be hosted in 152 Wohlers Hall (1206 S. Sixth St, Champaign) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from February 18-April 9. Appointments will begin on those nights at 6:00 pm.

Register today, and a representative from Gies College of Business will contact you to schedule an appointment.

NOTE: Appointments are limited and will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Questions? Call 217-300-4784 or email vita@business.illinois.edu.

FAQ

Where do I go?

Enter Wohlers Hall (1206 S. Sixth St, Champaign) via the Sixth Street entrance. Use the middle doors and immediately turn right into room 152.

You can park for free at any parking meter after 6:00 pm. There are also spots available in lot E12 between the Business Instructional Facility and Huff Hall (enter from Gregory Dr.), lot E2 near the College of Education building, and lot E3 near the main library.

Who will be preparing my tax return?

Students from Gies College of Business’ highly ranked accounting program will work with you to prepare your tax return. Our graduate accounting students, who are especially interested in tax, will be overseeing the program. They have tax-related work/intern experience and/or have demonstrated excellent technical knowledge of tax. They have also been highly recommended by their instructors and have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities. Guiding the program this year is Mandi Alt, an instructor of accounting who brings 20 years of tax experience to the College.

What do I need to bring?

  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • 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
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • 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
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
  • Forms 1095-A, B and C, Health Coverage Statements