How is using VITA different than going to a paid preparer?

There are many ways in which VITA differs from paid preparation. We invite you to try VITA and see for yourself!

 

  • VITA tax preparation is completely free and saves filers an average of $250 per return.

 

  • VITA tax preparers have completed extensive training and are IRS certified - this certification is not required for paid preparers in the state of Arizona.

 

  • Each completed return undergoes a separate review process to ensure quality and accuracy.

 

  • VITA never offers predatory lending options, such as "instant refunds" or "refund anticipation loans."

 

  • VITA can connect taxpayers to banking services for direct deposit of tax refunds, even for individuals in ChexSystems.

 

  • VITA can connect taxpayers to savings programs, such as SaveYourRefund, to make the most of their refunds.

 

  • VITA can connect taxpayers to healthcare education and enrollment assistance from certified Navigators, at no cost to the taxpayer.