East Bay Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Important information from the IRS
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides IRS-trained tax professionals to provide tax-preparation services to clients. VITA volunteers provide timely, quality, and free tax preparation for low to moderate income individuals and families. Volunteers not only prepare tax returns, but simultaneously provide education to clients about their returns and eligible tax credits.
Who We Serve
VITA volunteers are local Senior Corps members and students from Roger Williams University, Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and the University of Rhode Island. All volunteers are certified by 30+ hours of IRS training and assist clients with the following services:
- Free tax preparation
- Electronically filing tax returns to the IRS and Rhode Island Division of Taxation
- Educating clients about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which is one of the largest means of supplemental income for clients. EITC reduces the federal tax one owes and can result in a refund.
Location(s) of the Program
Hours of Operation
Tax Season February 8th – April 15th
East Providence: Monday-Thursday
- 9:00 A.M. – Noon (for drop off only) by appointment only
- 12:30 P.M. – 3:45 P.M. (for pick up of tax documents after being notified that tax documents are ready for pick up)
To Schedule an Appointment
Please call the Office of Volunteer Services at 401-435-7876 to schedule an appointment. View/print list of what to bring to your tax appointment. Please call at least 48 hours prior if you need to cancel your appointment. By appointment only.
If you’re able to print and complete the two forms found below, it will help to move your appointment along efficiently.
How You Can Volunteer
You may volunteer with our program a few hours a week. Please call our Office of Volunteer Services at 401-435-7876 to speak with the coordinator for more information.