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Free Tax Return Assistance

Free income tax preparation is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by students in the department of accounting and information systems. Members of the Hampshire College community are welcome.

VITA prepares basic 1040 tax returns for anyone with $60,000 or less in income. This includes families with or without children. VITA is not able to assist those who are self-employed (Schedule C), those who have rental real estate income (Schedule E), or those with more than $3,400 in interest and/or dividend income. 

WHEN: The free service begins on February 6, 2018 and will continue through April 11, 2018.
DAYS: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; no service during Spring Break Week (week of March 12).
TIMES: 4-6 p.m. No appointments; this is a first come first served program, so plan to arrive early.
WHERE: Room G-35 in the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Domestic tax filers should bring their 2017 W-2 and/or 1099 forms and any other income documents. Please have available your valid Social Security or ITIN number, your health care provider EIN, and your member number (from your 1099-HC form) and, if you completed one, a copy of your 2016 federal income tax return.

International students should bring their passports, I-94, I-20 or DS-2019 forms, and W-2, 1042-S and/or 1099 forms including the 1099-HC form for the 2017 tax year. If a tax treaty was filed in 2016 or 2017, copies of these should also be brought to the session.

If you are not able to attend one of the above sessions, you may file your own taxes online for free at; click on the IRS E-file icon under the Filing and Payment tab for help filing your tax return. Anyone under $62,000 in income can file online for free.

Please note that if the University of Massachusetts Amherst is closed, so is the VITA program for that day.

If you have any questions about this service, please email



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