Free Tax Help: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Leeward’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program has provided free, live tax preparation services for the past 30 years ranging from low-tech carbon paper copies to our now cloud-based computing. Individuals or families with total combined income under $58,000 and have online access with their own computers, can now prepare and file their own federal and state returns using our program’s FREE MyFreeTaxes.com site.
Volunteers are trained and certified to prepare basic tax returns. This does not include returns with business and rental income or complex investments. Tax returns can be electronically filed and refunds direct-deposited for faster service.
Most other freefile sites (http://www.irs.gov/uac/Free-File:-Do-Your-Federal-Taxes-for-Free) will charge for state tax returns, but MyFreeTaxes is free for both federal and state. You can file electronically or print and mail in your returns. Instead of having refund checks mailed to you an option is to have your refunds direct deposited into your bank account within 10 days of electronically filing.
Any qualifying taxpayer can use this service for which our VITA program will get credit. The website will guide you through a simple interview process. You can stop at any time and continue later. Tax and technical questions can be answered with their hotline. You can contact Roy Kamida (kamida [at] hawaii [dot] edu, 455-0294) for more information
Volunteers will be available to assist taxpayers every:
- Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 4 through March 21, 1:30pm to 5:30pm
- Saturdays from February 1 to March 29, 9am to 1pm (doors close at noon)
No appointments taken. Walk-in and sign the waiting list in room BE 229 of the Business Education (BE) Building on the Pearl City campus.
- Items you need to bring:
- Photo Identification for you and your spouse
- Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents
- Birth Dates for you, spouse and dependents
- Wage and earning statement(s) Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
- Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
- A copy of last year’s federal and Hawaii returns if available
- Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for direct deposit of refunds, optional
Other relevant information about your expenses:
- Real Estate Taxes paid for your personal residence
- College Tuition, textbooks and required supplies costs and scholarship information
- Total Paid for Day Care; provider’s address and identifying numbers
- Information for itemized deductions
- Mortgage interest and real estate taxes paid for your personal residence
- Charitable contribution receipts
- Substantial out-of-pocket medical and work-related costs
To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
For more information: Roy Kamida, 808.455.0294, kamida [at] hawaii [dot] edu