VITA-Logo-2015-web.jpgUnited Way and its community partners are helping low-income workers at tax time by providing free tax preparation assistance. Individuals or families with a combined income under $58,000 in 2015, you qualify to receive free tax preparation.

In 2015 the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program filed more than 5,700 tax returns in the Des Moines area -- bringing a total of $9 million back to people working hard to make ends meet. 


IRS certified volunteers work throughout tax season at our 6 sites conveniently located throughout central Iowa to prepare taxes for low-income workers. Tax preparation volunteers are provided with the training and materials they need to become IRS certified -- offered online or in a classroom setting. After completing training, volunteers must pass a test to become IRS certified. Volunteer greeters and Spanish translators are also needed to welcome taxpayers and make sure they have the paperwork they need.


Do I qualify?

If you are an individual or family with a combined income under $58,000 in 2015, you qualify for free tax preparation. Please dial 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at the location nearest you.

What you'll need

  • Proof of identification
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Current year’s tax package if you received one
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form 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 State returns
  • Bank Routing Numbers and
  • Account Numbers for Direct Deposit. Blank check or deposit slip required.
  • Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number)
  • To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

VITA Tax Preparation Locations

Neveln Center
406 S.W. School St., Room #204
Tues. 9-1, Wed. 5-7, Thurs. 9-1, Sat. 9-1 

Opens February 1

United Way of Central Iowa
1111 9th St. Room E
Mon. 5-7, Tues. 9-1, Wed. 5-7, Fri. 9-1,
Sat. 9-1 (German and Bosnian available on
Monday evenings and Spanish on Saturdays)

Opens January 19

DMACC Southridge Mall
1111 E. Army Post Road
Tues. 5-7, Thurs. 9-1, Fri. 9-1, Sat. 9-1

Opens January 19

Polk County River Place
(former Target building)
2309 Euclid Ave.
Room 3A
Mon. 9-1, Tues. 5-7, Wed. 9-1,
Thurs. 5-7, Sat. 9-1
Opens January 19

WeLift/Trinity United Presbyterian Church
106 E. 2nd Ave. (Hwy 92)
By appointment; call 2-1-1 to schedule
Mon. 5-7, Tues. 5-7, Fri. 9-1 

Opens January 19

First Presbyterian Church
1323 4th St.
By appointment; call 2-1-1 to schedule
Wed. 5-7, Sat. 9-1; closed 2/10 and 3/23-3/26

Opens February 3

Sites and times are subject to change. Please call 2-1-1 for the most current information.