STCC Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Free Income Tax Filing Assistance for Low-to-Moderate Income Taxpayers

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STCC, through its School of Business and Information Technologies (SBIT), is providing free income tax filing assistance to people who make less than $54,000 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. STCC VITA office will begin to make appointments by phone on January 16, 2018. (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.)

We provide:

  • 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 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm
  • Several 12:30 appointments are retained for STCC students so they can utilize this service while on campus.  STCC students should call to schedule their VIP (VITAlly Important Person) appointment to secure their 12:30 spot.  Have your STCC Student ID number available, when making the appointment

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

Eligibility Guidelines

In general, we prepare income tax returns for households with income less than $54,000.

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
  • Foreclosures
  • Moving expenses