The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax preparation to households earning $64,000 or less, and to disabled, elderly, and non-English-speaking residents of Hampden County. Basic Massachusetts or Connecticut state tax returns are prepared along with federal tax returns. Filing is electronic. VITA is offered annually, from January through April, at various sites.
VITA helps ensure that households take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC), education credits, and more. This program saves low-income families millions of dollars by taking advantage of tax credits and waiving filing fees.
VITA strengthens families, reduces pressure on city services, and brings significant federal dollars into the local economy. Participants are encouraged to use their tax refund money to establish bank accounts or reduce outstanding financial debts.
During the 2022 tax season, volunteers prepared 2,500 federal and state returns and saved customers hundreds of thousands of dollars in filing fees. Our customers claimed over $1.7 million in refunds, generating increased economic impact for the local economy.
Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
In FY2022, we trained 30 volunteers, among them students from area colleges and universities, retirees and community residents. VITA has maintained a collaborative partnership with local colleges and universities including Western New England University, Bay Path University and Springfield Technical Community College as referrals for both volunteers, taxpayers and training facilities.
Looking for an opportunity to learn valuable skills & make an impact?
Contact Terryl Wilson at (413) 263-6500 ext. 6609 /Terryw@springfieldpartnersinc.com or Tabitha Desplaines at (413) 265-6500 ext.6564 /TabithaD@springfieldpartnersinc.com to become a tax preparation intern or volunteer. You can also visit our employment page to learn more.