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VITA – Free Tax Preparation

SUPER TAX DAYS 2019:
February 2, 2019:  Northside High School, 9 am - 2 pm
February 16, 2019, Lafayette Downtown Library, 10 am - 3 pm
No appointment necessary.

When people are financially stable, they can make financial decisions that benefit themselves and their families, which, in turn, benefits the community. Being financially stable also puts families in a better position to handle crisis – job loss, illness or other unforeseen expenses.

The VITA program is just one way United Way of Acadiana is creating financial stability. In the last two years, this program put approximately $9 million back in the hands of hardworking families through free tax preparation assistance. During that period, volunteers assisted thousands of Acadiana residents in filing their taxes, helping them claim approximately $3 million each year of the nearly $30 million in Earned Income Tax Credit that goes unclaimed annually.
 
IRS Certified Tax Preparers are ready to help you in Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary & Vermilion Parishes.  In addition to the Super Tax Days listed at the top of this page, the following locations and times are available around our region:
 
Acadia Parish
 
ASSIST Agency
11 North Parkerson Avenue, Crowley, LA 70526
(337) 788-7550
Opening Day: January 22
Monday & Wednesday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (appointment only)
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (walk-ups welcome)
 
Lafayette Parish
 
Northside High School
301 Dunand Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Walk-ups welcome
February 2: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Super Tax Day)
February 23: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Tax Prep)
March 9: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Tax Prep)
March 30: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (Tax Prep)
 
Lafayette Library’s Main Branch
301 Congress Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Walk-ups welcome
February 5: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (8-10 slots)
February 12: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (8-10 slots)
February 16: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Super Tax Day)
February 26: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8-10 slots)
March 12: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (8-10 slots)
March 16: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (20-22 slots)
March 26: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (8-10 slots)
April 6: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (20-22 slots)
 
SMILE Community Action Agency
501 St. John Street, Lafayette, LA 70501   
(337) 234-3272
Appointment only
Opening Day: February 4
Monday – Thursday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Iberia Parish
 
SMILE Community Action Agency
722 Walton Street, New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 365-8151
Appointment only
Opening Day: February 4
Monday – Thursday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
St. Landry Parish
 
Sustainable Agriculture & Development Institute
1209 Diesi Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 
(337) 943-2410
Opening Day: February 6
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: appointment only
 
St. Mary Parish
 
St. Mary Community Action Agency
1407 Barrow Street, Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 828-5703
Appointment only
Opening Day: January 22
 
St. Martin Parish
 
SMILE Community Action Agency
2097 Terrace Road, St. Martinville, LA 70582
(337) 394-6013
Appointment only
Opening Day: February 5
Tuesday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 
Vermillion Parish
 
ASSIST Agency
407 Charity Street, Abbeville, LA 70510
(337) 898-9554
Opening Day: January 22
Monday & Wednesday: appointment only
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (walk-ups welcome)
 
Vermillion Parish Library
405 East St. Victor Street, Abbeville, LA 70510
(33) 385-8502 – Coordinator: Ms. Williams
Appointment only
Opening Day: February 9
 
Frequently Asked Questions:
 
Tell me about the VITA program, please.
 
VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and it offers free tax preparation utilizing volunteers that certified and trained by the IRS.
 
Who is eligible for this free service?
 
Anyone with a household income of $62,000 or less is eligible for the free service.
 
Do most people get a refund?
 
YES! Just last year we helped Acadiana residents claim $3 million in refunds.
 
How many people took advantage of this program last year?
 
Over 3,000 local residents utilized our service last year.
 
What are Super Tax Days?
 
Super Tax Days are tax prep events that we utilize to bring wide scale awareness to the VITA program.
 
What should people bring with them when meeting with the tax specialist?
  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card
  • W2s and other tax documents

When it comes to tax preparation, what tips can you offer folks?

Most people do not take advantage of the Earned Income Credit.  We aggressively search for the Earned Income Credit as it can garner over $6,000 extra on your refund.