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Free Tax Return Help with VITA Program

Need assistance with your tax return? Puzzled by tax laws or which credits and deductions to take? The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to families with low to moderate income who need assistance with their returns.

Trained Clearview volunteers can help prepare your basic federal tax return. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, you can also take advantage of free electronic filing (e-filing). E-filing will help you see your refund in half the time of a paper return and even faster if your refund is direct deposited into your Clearview account.

Appointments are available at our Center Township, Lower Burrell, Moon Township, and Robinson Township Financial Centers.

We will be opening our tax season on February 10, 2018. You may schedule your appointment starting February 1, 2018, by calling our VITA Hotline at (412) 507-5190.

If you live outside of the Pittsburgh area, call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to locate the VITA site closest to you.

FAQs

When can volunteers prepare my tax returns?
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program runs February 10 - April 6, 2018. Limited appointments are available, days and hours vary by branch. Appointments are necessary. Call the VITA Hotline to schedule an appointment or arrange to drop off your return.

Who is eligible to participate in this program?
Persons whose Adjusted Gross Income is $54,000 or less OR
Persons who qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Call the VITA Hotline to see if you qualify.

We will prepare Basic Returns ONLY:

  • Form 1040 with Schedule A, B & EIC
  • Form 2441 (Child and Dependent Care Credit)
  • Form 8863 (Education Credits)
  • Form 8812 (Additional Child Tax Credit)

We CANNOT prepare:

  • Schedule C (Profit or Loss from Business)
  • Complicated & Advanced Schedule D (Capital Gains & Losses)
  • Schedule E (Rents & Losses)
  • Form SS-5 (Request for Social Security Number)
  • Form 2106 (Employee Business Expenses)
  • Form 3903 (Moving)
  • Form 8606 (Non-deductible IRA)
  • Form 8615 (Minor’s Investment Income)
  • Sales or purchase of stocks

What should I bring?

If eligible for an appointment, you will be sent a checklist of certain documents to bring with you. These include:

  • Social security cards for yourself and all other individuals on your return
  • All W2 forms
  • Your 2016 tax return
  • Documentation of higher education expenses, including tuition paid, loans received, student loan interest payments made and student fees
  • Documentation to support itemization, if applicable
  • If you paid for daycare, we’ll need to know how much you paid and the provider’s name, address and tax ID number
  • All other tax mailings
  • Please Note: If you received a 1095-A due to signing up for healthcare on the official “Health Insurance Marketplace,” it is mandatory to bring it.

VITA Hotline
(412) 507-5190
1-800-926-0003 ext. 5190