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Income Tax Assistance

  • Coordinators and volunteers of the program

Program Overview

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The program runs every year from January to April. This opportunity is open to anyone willing to learn how to prepare income taxes using Tax software.  No previous experience or knowledge of accounting or taxes is required. Study materials are provided for free to all the participants. Everyone must get certified to prepare Income taxes. All the participants will get a certificate from the IRS at the end of the tax season stating their participation in the program.

Get College Credit

QCC students have 2 different options to get college credit:

Register for the ACC 225 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Recommended Choice for QCC students)

For the first time QCC is offering this service opportunity as a regular class. QCC Students would be able to get 4 credits, a regular grade (A, B, C…) and use their financial aid to pay for the class. The class is “ACC225 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance”. Students can use this class as one of their program electives if they are business majors or as a free elective class. This class is open to students from any major. Students register for this class as they do for regular classes. Students must attend training during the first 2 weeks of classes in the main Campus, get certified as a tax preparer (we will do it in class), and complete their tax service hours after that (February to April). Students will select the day of the week that they want to prepare taxes at the off-campus site in Worcester (Wednesday, Friday or Saturday). Students are expected to complete 12 sessions of 3 hours and attend recognition ceremony.

Prior Learning Credit (Only QCC Students)

Students can also volunteer and get college credit through the career office if they are a current QCC student. Students must complete a portfolio assessment at the end of the tax season and pay a fee of $260 (No financial aid available) to get a 4 credits business elective class or a free elective. The class will be listed as ACC 225 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance on their transcripts. This class is graded in a Pass/Fail format (students get a grade of P or F and if does not count for GPA). Students can use this class as one of their program electives or free elective classes. Students interested in this prior learning opportunity must let the coordinator know about it and meet with a representative from the QCC career office. Students need to get certified as a tax preparer. They have to volunteer a minimum of 36 hours and attend recognition ceremony. Students will select the day of the week that they want to prepare taxes at the off-campus site in Worcester (Wednesday, Friday or Saturday).

Volunteer

Individuals can complete the service as a volunteer. Every year the site count with the support of volunteers from different organizations and colleges in the area. The Volunteer will select the days they want to volunteer. They will select the days and times that they want to prepare taxes at the site (Wednesday, Friday or Saturday).

For more information contact the VITA program coordinator, Eduardo Rivas, at erivas [at] qcc.mass.edu.

Get your taxes done with us for free

Our QCC students and volunteers prepare basic tax returns . To be eligible to have your taxes done by our participants you must have income of $54,000 or less in the tax year being filed. Because we take our commitment to preparing accurate returns seriously, we do not prepare returns outside of our prescribed scope.

To make an appointment call Main South CDC at 508.752.6181