The VITA program provides free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, the elderly, and those with disabilities.
Chandler’s 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program was the most successful to date! The VITA Program helped 1,860 low- to moderate-income families, including elderly and disabled individuals claim more than $2.2 million in tax refunds for the 2015 tax year.
The City’s Community Resources Division worked with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to train volunteers and establish free tax preparation sites throughout the City to help working families recoup over $1.96 million in refunds. It also is estimated that Chandler’s VITA Program saved taxpayers roughly $400,000 in tax preparation fees this year!
The refunds may not have been received without the help of 57 dedicated volunteers who invested more than 4,000 hours assisting these families.
Chandler’s free tax preparation service began at the beginning of February and ended in April. Its success is attributed to partnerships between the City and First Credit Union, Chandler Christian Community Center, the CARE Center, Sun Lakes Country Club, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, Hamilton Library and Chandler Downtown Library, which provided facilities, staff and equipment.
Volunteers are needed for VITA program as tax preparers, translators, screeners and site coordinators. Please complete this form to become a VITA volunteer
and a City staff member will contact you shortly with next steps. Thank you!