GW Law is proud to host a 2011 VITA site!
Need tax assistance? Find out more information below.
Looking to volunteer? We are recruiting law student, CPA, and attorney volunteers. Law students and attorneys do not need to be tax specialists. Please email Palak or Jackie at GWLawVITA@gmail.com to sign up.
The goal of VITA is to provide free assistance filling out income tax forms to low-income residents of DC. VITA is run by groups across the country, through many organizations including student groups at colleges and law schools. Local DC residents who have income of less than $49,000 are eligible to receive help filling out their forms.
The IRS started the program because there are so many people that don’t understand how to properly fill out their tax forms and so basically give money away that they could be saving, investing or spending. It helps the IRS receive accurate tax forms and helps low-income residents who often are not knowledgeable about tax benefits to receive the largest refund possible (such as learning credits or the earned-income credit). The volunteers ultimately help to stimulate the economy by providing valuable and practical assistance to the people who need it most. This program is different because it is the only program that promotes self-sufficiency in teaching the individuals how to complete their taxes.