United Way of Racine County VITA offers both federal and state income tax preparation for Wisconsin residents. Services are provided by trained volunteers. We are unable to serve taxpayers who claim rental income or file as married filing separately. Services will be offered Monday through Saturday. Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available.

Homestead Only returns will be completed as a drop off return. Please visit any site during operational hours to drop off your documents for preparation. You will be notified when they are completed.

United Way of Racine County - VITA Program - Necessary Documents

Failure to bring all required documentation with you to your appointment will delay your assistance. We require below documents:

A list of necessary documents to bring to your income tax preparation appointment can also be found at https://www.unitedwayracine.org/vita.

  • Picture ID, showing proof of identification of who you are.
  • The birth dates of you, your spouse and your dependents (including your children, or others that derive more than half of their support from you).
  • Social Security cards for you and your dependents, as well as your spouse. You can bring the actual Social Security cards, or you can bring letters of verification from the Social Security Administration. If you don't have a Social Security number, you will need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or the proper proof of foreign status.
  • All of your income statements, for you and your spouse. This includes your W-2 forms, and all 1099 forms (interest and dividends, social security) that you have received, 1098-T for education credits, and 1095 showing health insurance.
  • Total amount paid for child care or elder care. You will need the tax ID numbers for those providing the care services. You might be eligible for a dependent care credit.
  • Copy of last year's tax return, if you have it. This can provide VITA volunteers a good place to start with your return.
  • If you want your money deposited directly into your bank account, you will need to bring your bank information. A blank or voided check can be used to provide your bank routing number, as well as your account number.
  • Understand, too, that if you are married filing jointly, you can file electronically only if you and your spouse are both present to sign the forms that allow for it.
  • If filing homestead, you will need to have a completed and signed rent certificate or property tax bill from the year you are claiming the credit and documentation for all forms of income received including SSI, SSDI, supplemental social security and/or child support received.

Information

Free tax preparation is available to Racine County residents who cannot afford to pay to have their taxes prepared for them thanks to the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program and amazing community volunteers. This program aims to help families avoid high tax prep fees, access all credits they are eligible for and connect families to services and programs that will help them increase their financial stability.

Locations of United Way of Racine County's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program sites

  • Workforce Solutions,1717 Taylor Ave.,Racine,WI,53403
  • Julian Thomas Elementary,930 Martin Luther King Dr.,Racine,WI,53405
  • Knapp Elementary,2701 17th St.,Racine,WI,53405
  • Racine Public Library,75 7th St.,Racine,WI,53403
  • Gateway Technical College,1001 Main St.,Racine,WI,53403
  • Case High School,7345 Washington Ave.,Racine,WI,53406

Within minutes of making your appointment, you should receive a confirmation email with a calendar appointment attached to the email. In addition, you will also receive a phone reminder the day before your appointment.

Appointments can be changed or canceled at any time on this website. You can also make or cancel an appointment at any time (24/7) using our automated phone system by dialing (262) 383-2555 and following the instructions.