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.)

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 12:30p.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

Eligibility Guidelines

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
  • Foreclosures
  • Moving expenses