STCC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Free Income Tax Filing Assistance for Low-to-Moderate Income Taxpayers
STCC, through its School of Business and Information Technologies (SBIT), is providing free income tax filing assistance to people who make less than $55,000 including taxpayers who are disabled, limited English speaking, and/or elderly.
Trained IRS-certified volunteers from the community, including STCC students, provide basic income tax return preparation for qualified individuals at no charge. All returns are carefully reviewed before being filed.
Call 413-755-4215 for an appointment or for answers to questions about your return. (If accommodations for a disability are required to participate in this service, please let the office know when making the appointment. It may take up to two weeks to accommodate some requests.)
- Free preparation of basic federal and state tax returns by IRS-certified volunteers
- Help claiming all available tax credits including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Education credits
- Secure and fast E-filing
Appointments are available:
- Wednesday - Friday between 12:30p.m. and 4:30p.m.
- Saturday between 9:00a.m. and 3:00p.m.
Location: STCC Campus (One Armory Square), Building 2, Room 414
Be sure to bring the following to your appointment:
- Proof of identification (photo ID such as a current driver's license, student ID, or government-issued ID) for you and your spouse, if filing jointly
- Social Security cards or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) notices/cards for you and, if applicable, your spouse and your dependents
- Birth dates for you, your spouse and any dependents on the tax return
- Any Forms W-2, 1099, 1098, as well as information about other income
- College students should bring a print-out of their statement of account for 2016 (in addition to the 1098-T)
- Any Forms 1095-A, B or C (Affordable Health Care Statements) received
- Health insurance card(s)
- A copy of the last year's federal and state tax returns (if available)
- For prior year returns, copies of income transcripts from IRS (and state, if applicable)
- Information about deductions/credits
- Amounts paid to daycare provider and their tax ID number
- Senior Homeowners only - real estate tax paid, appraised value of home, water bills paid
- Commuters -- amount paid for E-ZPass or MBTA weekly or monthly pass
- For direct deposit of refund: checking and/or savings account routing and account numbers (Note: part of your refund can be put into your savings account)
- If a victim of identity theft, an IRS notice including your Identity protection PIN (if available)
Both spouses must be present for filing a joint return
In general, we prepare income tax returns for households with income less than $55,000.
We can prepare most basic state and federal individual (1040) income tax returns including itemized deductions (Schedule A), simple self-employment (Schedule C-EZ), amended returns, and prior year returns.
We cannot prepare more complex returns which include:
- Schedule C (Profit or Loss from a Business)
- Complicated and advanced Schedule D
- Income involving extensive securities transactions
- Rental income
- Moving expenses