Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)


Madison College participates with the Internal Revenue Service and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue in The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify. The program will run through the 2012 tax filing season. Times, dates and locations will be posted on this site when available.

Trained community volunteers may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, we also offer free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account.

The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified student volunteers sponsored receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country.  

2011 VITA Volunteers

Students who participate must complete a training program provided by the Internal Revenue Service and pass an exam displaying their competency. During the 2010 tax year, six student volunteers prepared 170 income tax returns working one Tuesday afternoon per week.

While students are not compensated monetarily for their services, the opportunity provides its own reward in providing a valuable community service while gaining actual real life experience at the same time.  It affords a great resume builder for future employment.

For an appointment call (608)243-4310



For additional information or to volunteer contact:

William Padley