Free Tax Help: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Income Tax returns, Form 1040, with VITA logo

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.

Free tax help is available for low to moderate-income (generally less than $62,000) taxpayers who need assistance with preparing their 2017 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 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.

Contact Roy Kamida (kamida@hawaii.edu, 455-0294) for more information

Volunteers will be available to assist taxpayers every:

  • Saturdays from February 3 to March 31, 9am to 12noon

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 from all employers Forms W-2, unemployment income 1099-G, retirement income 1099-R, Social Security benefits SSA-1099
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099-INT & DIV)
  • Any information on your and your family's health insurance coverage Form 1095
  • A copy of last year’s federal and Hawaii returns (2016)
  • Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for direct deposit of refunds, optional
  • Other relevant information about your expenses:
    • 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@hawaii.edu

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