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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.

Student volunteers from Leeward CC, UH-West Oahu, and our community high schools classes and other community members are providing free tax help for low to moderate-income (generally $54,000 or less) taxpayers who need assistance with preparing their 2015 federal and Hawaii tax returns.

Volunteers are trained and certified to prepare basic tax returns. This does not include returns with solar/PV credit, businesses with depreciable equipment, rental property, and complex investments. Tax returns can be electronically filed and refunds direct-deposited for faster service.

Volunteers will be available to assist taxpayers every:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 2 through March 17, 1:30pm to 5:00pm
  • Saturdays from February 6 to March 26, 9am to 12 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.

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

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
  • Any information on you and your family's Health Insurance coverage, Form 1095
  • 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



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