VITA Tax Preparation

Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance


What is ‘Volunteer Income Tax Assistance – VITA’?

VITA is an IRS program that utilizes certified volunteers to help provide free and accurate tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income taxpayers. These services are provided at a variety of public locations such as libraries, schools, and neighborhood centers in certain high-need areas. VITA has been instrumental in helping ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed)  households receive thousands of dollars in additional refunds.


United Way South Sarasota County's VITA program has a variety of methods to help you.


4242 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293

*Hours and dates subject to change. Below are most recently scheduled appointments. You may contact Jackie Dean 941.484.4811 x 103 or for confirmation.


Thursday, March 18th (12:30 - 4:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 24th (1-5 p.m.) 

Friday, March 26 (12-4 p.m.)


Thursday, April 1, (1-5 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 6th (1-5 p.m.)

Thursday, April 8th (1-5 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 13th - (1-5 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 15th - (1-5 p.m.)

  • Documents Needed.
  • COVID-19 Screening Questions (Required) Please fill out this questionnaire ahead of time to speed up your visit.
  • COVID-19 Safety Precaution
    • Appointments will be spaced in a way to limit the interaction of taxpayers and allow for social distancing.
    • Only the taxpayer (and spouse if married filing jointly) may come to the site. No other individuals will be admitted.
    • All volunteers and taxpayers must wear a mask covering both the nose and mouth at the site. Masks will be available at all sites if needed.
    • Hand sanitizer will be available and surfaces will be disinfected between appointments.

Free Remote Tax Prep Assistance

Free remote tax filing is available to access from the comfort of your own home. Request information about how to prepare your own tax return with the help of our certified volunteers.

  • No income limit requirement
  • This is the right option for you if:
    • You are only filing for 2020 (not previous years)
    • You’re comfortable using online tax services
    • Your tax situation is simple/straightforward
    • You need a quick option
  • Visit our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions about preparing your own tax return
  • Preparing your return, but have questions? Click here to enter your question and an IRS-certified volunteer will be in touch.

Direct Deposit Information:

Using direct deposit is the safest and fastest way to receive your tax refund and economic impact payments. You will need an account number and a routing number from a bank or a credit union to set up direct deposit. Please see our Bank On Suncoast page for a recommended list of no-overdraft and low-cost checking accounts available in the Suncoast region. Open a Bank On certified checking account online today or at any of the locations listed.

Program Contact
Jackie Dean  | 941.484.4811 x 103