Q.What is VITA?

A. VITA stands for Voluntary Income Tax Assistance. Trained volunteers will prepare federal income tax returns with
electronic filing for qualified individuals at no charge! Preparers are trained to handle the following information:

  • Wages, salaries, etc. (Form W-2)
  • Interest Income (Form 1099-INT)
  • Dividends Received (Form 1099-DIV)
  • State Tax Refunds (Form 1099-G)
  • Unemployment Benefits (Form 1099-G)
  • IRA Distributions (Form 1099-R)
  • Pension Income (Forms 1099-R, RRB-1099, CSA-1099)
  • Social Security Benefits (Form SSA-1099)
  • Simple Capital Gain/Loss (Form 1099-B)
  • Sale of Home (Form 1099-S) limited
  • Gambling Winnings (Form W-2G)
  • Cancellation of Debt (Form 1099-C) limited
  • Health Savings Accounts (Form 1099-SA) limited
  • Itemized Deductions limited
  • Education Credits (Form 1098-T)
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Earned Income Credit
  • ACA Statements (Forms 1095-A, B or C)

Not all returns can be processed by VITA preparers. For example, a Schedule C (business  income) is not covered by this program.

Q. How do I know if I am a qualified individual?

A. This 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. For more general information from the IRS website, scan the code below.

Q. How do I sign up?

A. Tax preparations will be handled on-site at the university starting in February 2018. Call
Linda Thevenir at 740-245-7373 or Mary Leffler at 740-245-7482 to make an appointment.

Q.  What do I need to bring to my appointment?

A.  To have your taxes prepared at a VITA site, the IRS requires that you bring a photo ID for the taxpayer and spouse, and for every persons' name on the tax return you must present a Social Security card or ITIN. If you do not bring these items of identification, we cannot prepare your return.  Of course, you will also need to bring all tax papers you have received, and we would like to see a copy of your prior year's return.  We will send you a checklist of typical items to bring  after you make your appointment.  

Q.  My spouse cannot come to the tax appointment.  Can I still have my taxes prepared.

A.  To electronically file a Married Filing Jointly return both spouses must be present to approve and digitally sign the return.  In the case your spouse cannot attend the appointment, we will be able to provide you with an extra paper copy of your federal and state return for you to take home, sign and then mail.


Tax season at Rio this year runs from February 12 through March 28.  We will be closed Monday, February 19 for President's Day and for week of  March 5 for Spring Break.  Currently, we are scheduling appointments on:

  • Mondays  2:00 pm/3:00 pm/4:00 pm;
  • Tuesdays, 2:30 pm/3:30 pm/4:30 pm;
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 pm/3:00 pm/4:00 pm.

If these times do not work for you, let us know and we will put you on a waiting list.

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