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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

student helping client file tax returns

Need help preparing your federal and state tax returns? The Department of Accountancy has a free tax preparation assistance program through the IRS. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance VITA program is available to anyone that makes $56,000 or less annually. Our trained accounting students will be available to help you prepare your tax returns during tax season.

If you would like assistance with your tax return, our VITA volunteers would like to help you in any way we can remotely. Please email us at We will contact you within 48 hours to determine the best way we can provide assistance. At that time we will send you a survey to determine what your tax needs are and the technology (computer, camera) you have available and are comfortable using.

  • Please add to your contact list.
  • If don’t see a message from within 48 hours of emailing us, please check you spam folder.

Currently, we are planning on providing assistance through June 15, 2020.

The Idaho state tax return deadline is June 15, 2020. The federal deadline is July 15, 2020 but many taxpayers must finish their federal return prior to filing their Idaho return.

Please visit the IRS free file website for self help.

You can also find out about free filing software on the IRS website.

What to Have Ready

Please have these items to receive help:

  • prior year tax return
  • original social security cards
  • income forms (W-2s, 1099s)
  • other income or expense documentation
  • proof of identification
  • voided check (for direct deposit)
  • photo ID (if we prepare your return)

Still have questions?

For more information, please email or Kathy Hurley,

Kathy cannot answer specific personal tax and W-4 allowance questions on the phone or via email.