Department of Family Services - Employment and Training

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

Virginia Career Works – Fairfax Annandale Center - 7611 Little River Turnpike (West Wing) Suite 300W
Annandale, VA 22003

Lisa Tatum,

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) - Free Income Tax Preparation

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Update for 2021

Tax Year 2020 information coming soon. Please check back in a few weeks for more information.

Tax Assistance from a Distance

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
  • Have adjusted gross income under certain limits

Learn more information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tax Relief.

Contact Information

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

The Enterprise Development Group is offering Facilitated Self Assistance services by appointment only. Contact

Download a copy of the Tax Assistance from a Distance flyer.*

* 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).

Sites are normally open mid-January through April. When sites are open, this is the list of sites and hours.

Items that are needed:

  • Photo ID for you and your spouse if filing jointly.
  • ALL CLIENTS (INCLUDING RETURNING) MUST HAVE: Social Security cards or Tax Payer Identification Number (ITIN) for everyone in the family. All income statements: W-2, W-P, W-2G & 1099, etc.
  • All income statements for each working dependent: W-2, etc.
  • Voided check for direct deposit.
  • Expense documents: dependent care, education-related expenses, home mortgage interest payments.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage, i.e. form 1095A, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card.

Prefer to file your own taxes?

Then the South County Center location is open, it offers a Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) option. Trained and certified volunteers would be on-site to answer questions or assist as needed.

When VITA and FSA site locations are open, these are the times.

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