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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Department of Health and Human Services, Community Action Agency

VITA Line: 240-777-1123

The VITA program provides FREE tax preparation services for low to moderate income County residents.


NEW! Appointments for 2017 Taxes

CAA VITA is now scheduling appointments for 2017 taxes.  Appointments will be available January 17 - April 13, 2018.  Please click  HERE to schedule an appointment or call 240-777-1123. TTY users, please call MD Relay (711)

2018 appointments will be available at the following locations January 17 - April 13:
  • GAITHERSBURG: Mondays, 3 - 8 pm, Benjamin Gaither Center, 80-A Bureau Drive
  • SILVER SPRING: Tuesdays, 3 - 8 pm, TESS Community Action Center, 8513 Piney Branch Road
  • ROCKVILLE: Wednesdays, 11 am - 3 pm, Community Action Agency, 1401 Rockville Pike, 3rd Floor 
  • EAST COUNTY: Thursdays, 11 am - 4 pm, East County Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road

*Thursday appointments also available in Germantown, WorkSource Montgomery Wheaton, and at the University of Maryland.  Please call or check scheduling website to find specific dates. 

  • WHEATON: Fridays, 11 am - 4 pm, Wheaton Gilchrist Center, 2730 University Boulevard West, Suite 220  
*Information about Montgomery County VITA Partnership sites throughout Montgomery County: ENGLISH SPANISH FRENCH AMHARIC CHINESE


When you come to the FREE tax location, bring the following:

  • A Social Security card and/or ITIN for EACH family member.  We cannot use prior year files to verify Social Security numbers.

  • A photo ID for each filer

  • W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2016

  • Child care provider name, address, and tax ID number or Social Security number

  • All banking account information (a voided check and/or savings deposit slip) to direct deposit your refund

  • A copy of last year’s tax return

  • Any document or information about money you have received from the IRS or state

  • All 1099 forms for other income, if any

  • Any other tax related documents you have received

  • If you are a victim of identity theft, you must bring the letter from the IRS with your PIN number.  A new letter is issued from the IRS every year.

  • If you purchased health insurance through the Marketplace for 2016, through Medicare/Medicaid, or through your employer, you should receive a Form 1095-A, B, and/or C.  Please bring this form with you to complete your 2016 federal tax return.

  • If you have a Marketplace Exemption, please contact the Marketplace and get your Marketplace Exemption Certificate number to complete your 2016 federal tax return.

  • If you are married and filing jointly, your spouse must be present.  If you are married and filing separately, you need your spouse's name as spelled on his/her Social Security card and your spouse's Social Security number.

MC311 Solution (Free Income Tax Assistance for Tax Year 2016)


NEW! Financial Education and Tax Preparation Workshops

To Register for Workshops: 

  1. Go to the main MWE website
  2. Log in or register 
  3. Follow the link for Appointment Center on the left-hand side
  4. In the drop down menu called Events Calendar, select Montgomery County
  5. Select the location you wish to view (Wheaton or Germantown)
  6. Select the month and click filter
  7. The results are in a list view or calendar view, whichever you select. Once you see the workshop you're interested in, click on it and you will have the option to register. 

*On-site registration also available.  

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is now recruiting volunteers for the 2017 tax season.  Volunteers will serve as tax preparers, greeters, interpreters, food resource navigators, schedulers, site coordinators, and quality reviewers for the upcoming tax season.

For more information, please call 240-777-1123.

Please click HERE to complete a volunteer application form.


Check out the new EITC outreach website and learn about free tax help,
tax credits you may be eligible for, financial education tools, and much more!



Helpful Resources

Tax Credit Outreach 101- The Basics

Click on this presentation from the  Center on Budget and Policy Priorities National Tax Credit Outreach Campaign ( for an introduction to the refundable tax credits.   Learn how to help your neighbors access credits.

Multilingual Flyers  are also available online





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