The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program is a community initiative led by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, in collaboration with United Way of Yuma, United Way of Pinal County, Catholic Social Services, and the Tohono O’odham Nation. Together, the collaborative is the single largest tax preparer in the State of Arizona, serving nine counties. In 2010, United Way was named by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as its “Partner of the Year” for the Phoenix Territory, which covers Arizona and New Mexico.
The VITA Program offers free tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income families and individuals throughout Arizona. VITA ensures that families and individuals receive all tax benefits for which they are eligible, most importantly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), that has been recognized as the single most powerful tool to lift children out of poverty.
VITA is supported by Pima County, the City of Tucson, Bank of America, Intuit Freedom Foundation, Walmart Foundation, the Internal Revenue Service, Freeport-McMoRan, National Disability Initiative and more than 30 non-profit agencies.