Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is offered through the School of Business Accounting Department, in partnership with The Village for Families and Children in Hartford. VITA offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals, including:

  • people who generally make $66,000 or less,
  • the elderly and persons with disabilities, and
  • limited English-speaking taxpayers, including Foreign Students and Scholars.

    Our service this year is completely virtual!

    We are excited to announce that UConn VITA has teamed up with GetYourRefund.Org (GYR) to help you file your taxes online, still with the help of our own talented certified volunteers! GYR is a non-profit service built by Code for America in partnership with VITA sites nationally.

    Make sure you are ready before you start! Click here for what to expect, and a checklist of required documents!

    To participate in our online virtual VITA program, you must have access to a smartphone, tablet or computer, WiFi service, a valid phone number, and email address. For more details regarding the documents you will need to have available, please see our helpful checklist.

    Foreign Students and Scholars! Don't miss this important guidance before you begin!

    The following video is provided to give you an idea of what to expect during our online submission process.

    Foreign Students and Scholars! Don’t miss this important guidance before you begin!

    If you are temporarily present in the U.S. on an F, J, M, or Q visa, you must submit the following additional documentation and/or information with your submission.

    • A photo of the first "data" page of your passport.
    • A photo of the visa page in your passport.
    • A completed Nonresident Alien Intake and Interview Sheet
    • Form I-94, Arrival and Departure Record, if you have dates entering and departing the U.S. in 2021.
    • All Forms 1042-S, Foreign Person's U.S. Source Income Subject to Withholding
      • if you will be getting this form, we cannot complete your tax return until you have received it.  Please see our "How do I know if I'm getting a Form 1042-S" website to determine if you need to wait for this form.
      • If you are from a country with a treaty for both wage income and scholarship income, and you have both types of income, you will get two 1042-S forms. One will have code 20 (for wages) in box 1 and the other will have code 16 (for scholarship income) in box 1.
    • All university fee bills for calendar year 2021. Be sure to provide fee bills for all sessions in which you had activity. For example, if you didn't take classes during the summer, but you did receive a stipend or scholarship, we need your summer fee bill.

      PLEASE NOTE that the intake application will not ask for this information, as it is designed for U.S. citizens. Simply add these documents when you see this screen in the application:

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      Quick Facts


      GetYourRefund (GYR) began in partnership with VITA in 2020.
      In just that first year, GYR helped 500,000 people file their taxes. They worked with 945 tax prep volunteers distributing $62 million in refunds to families.