Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Tax Preparation Help

Mesa United Way is the major partner in our community with the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides expert tax-preparation services free of change to low- and moderate-income households. VITA ensures that tax returns are prepared accurately and that these individuals and families receive all the tax benefits to which they are entitled, including the Earned income Tax Credit, which provides a check to qualified households even if no taxes were paid. See “Get help with your 2017 Tax Return” below.

Become A VITA Volunteer

In the weeks leading up to tax season, Mesa United Way will be recruiting and training volunteers to help prepare tax returns. It is interesting and satisfying work, and many of our volunteers have returned year after year. If you are interested in becoming a VITA volunteer, click HERE for more information.

Off-Season Tax Assistance

If you missed the prior-year tax filing deadline or have not filed returns for previous years, and need help, click HERE.

Do Your Own Tax Return Free

If you prefer to do your own tax return but could use a little help, MyFreeTaxes is an online tax service sponsored by Walmart in partnership with United Way, Goodwill, and the National Disability Institute.

Get help with your 2017 Tax Return

Are you a low- or moderate-income taxpayer needing help with your 2017 return? Mesa United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance season will begin on January 29th, 2018. There are six sites open again this year where you can get your 2017 tax return completed by trained, IRS certified tax preparers. The income limit this year is $54,000. Your return will be E-Filed which means that your refund (if you have one coming) will be delivered to your bank account or by check as soon as possible. Please see a map showing the locations in Mesa and the weekly schedule of service times below.

Don’t live in or near Mesa?

If you want to look for a site outside of the City of Mesa click HERE. You will be able to find all sites in or near your zip code.  Please note that we do not restrict our services to Mesa residents.  Over 30% of our clients live outside of Mesa. So you are very welcome to come to a Mesa VITA site for tax preparation.

Want to prepare your own 2017 Tax Return?

You can prepare your own taxes using an easy online application. This is free of charge for anyone with an income of $64,000 or less. This is recommended for people who have some computer skills and have relatively simple returns. Click HERE for more information about MyFreeTaxes.com.

Need help with prior years taxes?

Are you behind in filing past years’ tax returns? We may be able to help! Click HERE for more information regarding preparation of prior year returns. Please note that the Mesa United Way office site on University Drive only prepares prior year (2000-2015) tax returns during the tax season (January – April). You must go to one of the six sites listed below if you want to file a 2017 tax return before May 2018.