Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offered in Tama County

Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is again available in Tama county this year, according to Barb Wollan of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The service is only possible thanks to the efforts of several local volunteers and begins in early February.

In addition, Wollan reports that “We’re also continuing the new self-preparation option, so local residents have two free options available.


To do your own federal and state tax returns free online, and also get help with tax law questions from VITA, send an email to CentralIowaVITA@gmail.com, any time after January 20, and you will receive a response with instructions.

Preparation by Volunteers

To have your tax return prepared by IRS-certified volunteers, call after January 22, for an appointment at Tama County Extension (641-484-2703). In addition to an appointment time, you will also receive instructions about filling out forms before you come.

Wollan particularly encourages families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to take advantage of the free tax preparation. By avoiding tax and loan fees, these families can put 100% of those funds to use in ways that build financial security and help them reach additional financial goals.”


There are no eligibility rules for the “do-it-yourself” option. To have taxes prepared by volunteers, keep in mind that the IRS does not allow volunteers prepare returns with farm or rental income, or in certain other complex situations. Taxpayers with low to moderate incomes are eligible – anyone up to $44,000 and families with two or more children up to $59,000.

To make an appointment, call after January 22. In Tama county call Tama County Extension (641-484-2703). Local VITA efforts are supported by funding through the Iowa Center for Economic Success.