Center for Service & Social Action

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to low-to-moderate income people (generally, $42,000 and below) who are unable to prepare their own tax returns. The VITA program focuses on helping families who may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The EITC is a major way to help alleviate poverty among Greater Cleveland. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations in Cleveland receive training to help prepare basic tax returns.

Community Members: Any eligible person who wishes to have their taxes prepared through the VITA program at JCU can call 211 (in Cuyahoga County) or (216) 436-2000 to make an appointment.

The Center for Service and Social Action and the Boler School of Business Department of Accountancy recruit and train students, faculty, staff, and alumni to help individuals and families file their taxes electronically. Volunteers will be asked to attend a training on January 31 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and can choose from the following dates in spring 2015 to volunteer: February 14 & 21, March 14 & 28 and April 11. To sign up, plese complete the form below. For additional information or with any questions, please contact Maryellen Callanan at mcallanan@jcu.edu or (216) 397-2022.