VITA Free Tax Prep

Visit to learn more about our free tax prep program, how to get help filing your taxes (virtual or in-person) or to become a VITA volunteer.

Returning Dollars into our Community

The IRS created the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) free tax prep program to provide free tax preparation for low-income and at-risk taxpayers with the help of community partners and volunteers. Each year, United Way volunteers help thousands of individuals and families prepare their taxes.

We want to help people keep more of what they earn. Last year, VITA volunteers completed 14,750 returns, helping taxpayers save more than $2.8 million in tax preparation fees. The main requirements for becoming a VITA volunteer are time, a willingness to learn and share knowledge with taxpayers and comfort working with computers. Volunteers receive tax training from IRS-trained instructors and can serve in a variety of roles. Many volunteers begin with no prior tax experience. Training and annual certifications are free.

If your household earned less than $66,000 in 2019, you qualify to file your taxes at no cost through our free tax prep program.

we’re seeing results


Tax returns were completed by volunteers

$19.8 Million

In tax refunds were returned back to our community


Individuals were helped by Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refunds

$2.8 Million

Saved by taxpayers in tax preparation fees


These are the hand raisers, game changers, problem solvers and moment makers.
These are the faces of our community.

Looking to Volunteer in the Community?

United Way of Greater Nashville, through a partnership with Hands On Nashville, offers hundreds of opportunities each month for anyone looking to get involved. 

United Way partners with more than 100 agencies to make this all possible.

Learn more about our Partner Agencies on the ground.

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we're seeing results

$19.8 Million

In tax refunds were returned


People got higher-earning jobs

$2 Million

In debt reduced for clients


Individuals improved their finances

Postponed until 2021