The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program offers free tax preparation to low- and moderate-income families and individuals throughout Tucson and Arizona. VITA ensures that families and individuals receive all tax benefits for which they are eligible, most importantly the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which has been recognized as the single most powerful tool to lift children out of poverty.
The VITA Program is a community initiative led by United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, in collaboration with Catholic Community Services, United Way of Yuma County, United Way of Pinal County, United Way of Northern Arizona, and the Tohono O’odham Nation. Together, the collaborative is the largest tax preparer in the state of Arizona, serving ten of Arizona’s fifteen 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 all of Arizona and New Mexico.
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.