Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation for households making $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-language speakers. IRS certified volunteers can help you prepare your federal and state taxes with fast, electronic filing.
Choose how you want to file your 2020 tax returns:
No appointment necessary - choose our drop-off method if you aren't comfortable working with tax preparers online. You can gather your tax documents ahead of time and drop-off everything at our main office during open hours. The self-service lobby is set up with everything you need to organize your papers including a copier, intake sheets, consent form, and document envelope. Check out the helpful steps below to get ready for drop-off.
1.Check that your tax situation is in scope for our service. The VITA program is limited to simple returns.
2. Complete your intake information sheet ahead of time or at drop-off.
3. Complete your consent form ahead of time or at drop-off.
4. Complete State Question Sheet ahead of time or at drop-off.
5. Gather your tax documents and I.D. (copies or originals).
6. Drop-off all documents at Central Berkshire Habitat's main office:
314 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201
- Monday 8:00am - 7:00pm
- Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
- Wednesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
- Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
- Friday CLOSED
- Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm
- Sunday CLOSED
Tax preparers will work on your tax return and call you when it is ready. All tax returns prepared on site are reviewed with the taxpayer(s) for accuracy and are electronically filed following taxpayer(s) signature. This local drop-off process takes 5-10 business days to complete based on intake volume.
Prepare your own taxes from the comfort and safety of your home. MyFreeTaxes is a secure online self-prep site supported by United Way Worldwide for taxpayers with simple returns that make $66,000 or less.
Just upload your tax documents to start filing. Questions? Speak with IRS-certified specialists in English or Spanish via chat or phone.
Virtual Assisted Preparation:
Want the security and convenience of filing online with the familiar support of a VITA volunteer? GetYourRefund partners with IRS-certified VITA sites nationally to offer free tax preparation with step-by-step assistance.
The first step is to answer questions about your tax situation online and upload tax documents. Next, you will receive a call from your tax specialist to discuss your personal tax situation and questions. He/She will prepare and review your returns before calling you to go over the final product.
Because you work one-on-one with a tax preparer this virtual system takes the same 5-10 business days as our local drop-off option.
Your Civil Rights Are Protected
In accordance with federal law and the Department of the Treasury – Internal Revenue Service policy, discrimination against taxpayers on the basis of race, color, national origin (including limited English proficiency), disability, sex, age, or reprisal is prohibited in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance.
Taxpayers with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation and taxpayers with limited English proficiency may request language assistance to access service.
De acuerdo con la ley federal y la política del Departamento del Tesoro - Servicio de Impuestos Internos, la discriminación contra los contribuyentes basada en raza, color, origen nacional (incluso el dominio limitado del inglés), discapacidad, género (en los programas educativos o actividades), edad o represalia, está prohibida en los programas o actividades que reciben asistencia financiera federal.
Los contribuyentes con una discapacidad pueden solicitar acomodo razonable y contribuyentes con un dominio limitado del inglés podrán solicitar asistencia con el idioma para tener acceso al servicio.