Receive assistance while keeping you and your family safe. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families who earned $56,000 or less in 2019. While the pandemic has suspended site services, the coalition will continue to offer information and assistance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments.
Be in the Know
Eligible taxpayers may receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $1,200 for individuals ($2,400 for married couples) and $500 for each qualifying child.
No Need to File
To receive the payment automatically, you must meet one of the following:
Filed taxes for 2018 or 2019
Receive Social Security Retirement, Disability or Survivor benefits
Supplemental Security benefits
Receive Railroad Retirement benefits
Need to check on your payment, update address information, or enter bank account information for direct deposit? Learn more.
Time to File
If you did not file a tax return, do not receive Social Security benefits, and if you had gross income that did not exceed $12,200 in 2019, ($24,000 for married couples), a new, easy to use tool is now available to file a "minimal" return. Access the FreeFile tool.
A how-to guide is available on the coalition website. Learn more.
If you still need to file a standard 2019 tax return, you may do so from the comfort and safety of your home. Learn more.
Who is Eligible?
Those who are eligible for the Economic Impact Payment must meet the following guidelines:
Be a U.S. Citizen or Resident Alien
Have a valid Social Security Number
Cannot be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s return
All Economic Impact Payment check whereabouts questions will be redirected to the IRS website. If you have a "minimal" return or e-file question, or are in need additional assistance, contact the VITA coalition at DFSVITA@fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Enterprise Development Group is offering Facilitated Self Assistance services by appointment only. Contact NTeferra@ecdus.org.
* Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7280; TTY 711.
More Information About the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Families throughout Northern Virginia received over $7.6 million in federal refunds last tax season through this free service.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families who earned $56,000 or less in 2019. IRS trained and certified volunteers are available at 15 sites throughout Northern Virginia and will ensure you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).