The Indiana University IRS VITA program offers free tax preparation services for qualifying low-income taxpayers during the spring semester (early February–late March). Each year, it is our privilege to help hundreds of low-income Bloomington residents and nonresident students file tax returns with the federal government, the state of Indiana, and many other states.
If you are an Indiana University student and you are interested in serving on the VITA team next year, we'd love to hear from you. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rising 1Ls, feel free to reach out to us over the summer; we'll put you on a mailing list to keep you informed about VITA training events during your first semester at Indiana Law.
Although you won't actually complete the VITA certification course until early spring semester, you can start learning about tax preparation now. We've prepared a handy guide to our program and platform.
Our services are 100% free of charge: if your income is $52K or less (2014 filing season standard) or if you are elderly, have a disability, or have limited English proficiency, we can probably help you. If you are a nonresident student at Indiana University, we can almost certainly help you out.
Please note that VITA is a low-income tax preparation service. If you have received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service or the Indiana Department of Revenue and you believe you may require some legal assistance, we suggest that you contact Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS). ILS operates a low-income taxpayer clinic (LITC) that offers free legal advice and representation for qualifying applicants. You can call the Bloomington office of ILS at 800-822-4774. You can also e-mail the LITC at email@example.com.