VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Messiah University will offer FREE Tax Prep Services Through Touch-Free Taxes Program

VITA - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Through the United Way of Central PA, people who made $58,000 or less in 2021 have three options for obtaining FREE Federal, State and Local income tax preparation services.

1) Messiah University VITA site will be available beginning February 28, 2022.

Messiah University will be offering traditional face-to-face income tax preparation services every Monday evening in Frey 156 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm beginning February 28th ending April 11th.  The site will be closed on March 7th. Facial masks are required for the protection of the students and taxpayers

You MUST bring the following documents to have your taxes prepared:

• Valid photo ID (driver’s license, military ID, etc.) for taxpayer and spouse.

• Original Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for you, your spouse, your children and other dependents included in your tax return.

• Your current Identity Protection PIN number issued by the IRS (if you have one) for each year’s taxes that you need prepared.

• Printed copies of all year-end tax forms you have received in the mail. (We cannot use electronic files from phones.)

• If you received health care from the marketplace, bring your form 1095-A. (We cannot prepare your return without it.)

Handicap parking is available.  See Map for further details.


2) Touch-Free Taxes will be available beginning January 31, 2022.

United Way of the Capital Region will once again offer the Touch-Free Taxes program for people who made $58,000 or less in 2021. Touch-Free Taxes can be done from the comfort of your home and connects you to a trained volunteer to complete your taxes at no cost.

Simply go to our secure site and answer a few questions. You will need to upload photos of the same tax information and forms as you would for any tax service. This can be done by scanning them or taking a photo with your smart phone. You will set up a time for a telephone interview with a certified volunteer tax preparer to review your forms. A local volunteer preparer will complete your state and local returns. Once that step is complete, you will have a second phone call to review the results before the forms are sent to you electronically to sign. Our United Way will electronically file your federal and state returns. Your local return will be sent to you to mail to your local tax office.

3) MyFreeTaxes will be available beginning January 18, 2022.

Individuals with computer skills can utilize the website, and prepare their own state and federal taxes. MyFreeTaxes is FREE for all simple returns and includes schedule C. This easy-to-use website is sponsored by United Way Worldwide.

Please see the United Way link below for further instructions.