Maximize your tax return with vita

January 29, 2019 | United Way Team

Learn how VITA makes filing taxes free & easy!

Blog_01-2019_VITA-appointments+drop-offs_statsTax returns shouldn’t be complicated, yet individuals and families often miss pieces during filing that could significantly impact their return total. But what if we told you there’s a free resource that will make sure you don’t miss out on any part of your return?*

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a national IRS sponsored program organized by United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) and community partners. VITA provides free preparation and filing of federal and state tax returns for families and individuals with a household income of less than $54,000. During the 2017 tax year, volunteers saved VITA clients over $300,000 in tax preparation fees and helped them claim $3.6 million in returns!

If you’re interested in and qualify for VITA services, you can make an in-person appointment by calling 2-1-1 from a landline or (319) 739-4211 from any phone. A 2-1-1 representative will help you find a date, time, and location that works best for you, and they’ll also let you know what forms and documents you should bring to the appointment.

If you can’t make it in for an appointment, you also have the option to drop off your materials and pick up your return two weeks later. Just make sure to check the list of tax documents needed, then drop them off at one of the drop off sites listed below between January 29 and March 28.

If you have any questions, feel free to explore our VITA page or contact Cliff Ehlinger at or (319) 398-5372 ext. 812.



  • Cedar Rapids Ladd Library
    3750 Williams Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-6 p.m.
  • Linn Area Credit Union
    3375 7th Avenue, Marion
    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

APPOINTMENT SITESBlog_01-2019_VITA-appointments+drop-offs_feature

  • Horizons: A Family Service Alliance
    819 5th St SE
    Cedar Rapids
  • Linn Area Credit Union 

    3700 Edgewood Rd SW
    Cedar Rapids
  • Jones County Volunteer Center
    105 Broadway Place, Suite 1

*VITA is a free resource for families and individuals with a household income of less than $54,000