Don't Pay For Costly Tax Preparation If You Don't Have To
Tax season is almost here!
The River Center's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA program is again offering free tax preparation to eligible individuals and households with incomes of around $64,000. Our IRS-certified volunteers work with you to maximize your refund and to take advantage of credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Additional Child Tax Credit.
Three Ways For You To File Your Return With Us
We know you're busy and you want options to fit your schedule. This year we have THREE ways for you to file your return!
1. Valet VITA (open to read more)
This is a 2-visit appointment.
First you meet with a volunteer to review your information and documents, You return the following week to finalize your return for e-filing. We keep your documents behind lock and key until you return to finalize your return.
2. Traditional VITA (open to read more)
With a traditional VITA appointment, you meet with volunteers who will prepare and review your tax return, you finalize your return for e-filing and you leave with a copy of your completed and signed tax return.
3. DIY VITA (open to read more)
If you have a simpler return:
Another Free Way To File With The IRS
Direct File Pilot - this is a new program that the IRS is rolling out this year to a limited number of states. Filers will be able to prepare and file their own tax returns directly with the IRS for free. No more middle-person to pay or waiting for spots to open up. It is by invitation only. Go here to learn more about the pilot and its scope. If you meet the requirements and are interested, go to "Subscribe To Our Newsletter" and choose "VITA 2024 Direct File Pilot" at the bottom of this page. We will contact you when the invitation-only phase is rolled out to the public sometime in March. The River Center is participating in outreach efforts only for this pilot.
TAX FILING SEASON 2024 CLINIC HOURS:
Saturdays 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, traditional sit-down/same-day appointments
Wednesdays 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Valet VITA (intake/interview required at 1st appointment, pick up/sign return on 2nd appointment one week later)
Call (603) 924-6800 ext 30 to schedule
SAVE THE DATE:
January 16, 2024 - We will start taking calls for appointments
January 27, 2024 - Tax clinic opens
April 15, 2024 - Tax clinic closes
IMPORTANT: We are unable to accept *any* email with personal identifiable information (PII) such as tax documents, copies of social security cards, etc. We will delete the email and ask you to bring in the documents in person or upload them to your tax return via the Customer Portal in our software (ask us about this).
Keep your identity and information safe!
HOW DO I KNOW IF I am eligible for your tax program?
What we can prepare
Following is a general list of what qualifies for our free tax preparation program. Please note that an appointment is not a guarantee that your return is in scope. If you are not sure, please call us at (603) 924-6800 ext 30 or email email@example.com.
What we cannot prepare (out of scope)
We are not able to do your taxes if you have:
WHAT TO BRING:
Individuals/Families: List of documents to bring
As is the case every year, we must have certain documents in order to prepare your tax return. Any mistake could result in holding up your return and causing a delay of weeks if not months, of your refund by the IRS!
Keep your identity safe!
Self-Employed: List of documents to bring
Bring all of the same applicable and required documents in the INDIVIDUALS/HOUSEHOLDS list, but also complete this:
Self-Employment Tax Organizer (SETO)
**You do not need to bring any receipts or bank statements because you will provide your income and expenses on the SETO form. You do need to keep them as documentation (receipts, etc) in case the IRS contacts you to verify your self-employment income and expenses.
other options for tax preparation
Frequently asked questions
I still have to file for 2020, 2019, 20XX. Will you prepare those returns too?
Yes, we can prepare those returns for you as well. However, we may only have time at your appointment for your 2023 tax return so we may ask you to come back at a quieter time in the season.
Can i bring my son/daughter/other relative to have their return prepared too?
Yes! They will also need to have their own appointment, have all of their required documents and identification, and be present in order for us to prepare their return.
I can't find my social security card. Do i need to bring it?
Yes, all taxpayers are required by the IRS to show their social security cards (or copies) to prevent identity theft. Alternatively, you can provide Form SSA-1099 from the Social Security Administration. If you are new to our program, have lost or misplaced your card and don't have any of the acceptable forms, as a NH resident you must go to the Social Security field office closest to you to apply for a replacement. Other states may allow you to apply online for one. This is an IRS requirement for all VITA sites.
Can I sign the return for my spouse?
Generally, no. Your spouse must sign the return and e-file authorization form themselves unless Form 2848 Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative has been prepared in advance or you and your spouse are known to the site. If your spouse is unable to sign for themselves due to injury or disease and you are known to the site, please let us know when you schedule your appointment and let the volunteer preparer known when you arrive. Your spouse may also come on a different date convenient to them to finalize your return.
Can I just drop off my tax documents and come back at a later time?
Valet VITA Appointments: These are also sometimes referred to as "drop-offs" but it's not that simple. The IRS requires each VITA site to have filers fill out an intake form, and other necessary forms. All filers must then participate in an interview to go over your answers on the form and your documents before you leave in order to prepare your return accurately.
I haven't seen my refund yet. What do I do?
Contact form submissions are responded to on M-Th. If you have a more urgent request, please call us at (603) 924-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org directly. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
tax clinic schedule
January 25, 2023 - April 15, 2023