Free Tax Preparation (VITA)

What is Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The VITA program is a partnership between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS), community-based organizations like Cottages of Hope, and community volunteers that provides free tax preparation services to low-to moderate-income households. IRS certified volunteers receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in their community.  Here is a recent article about the program and the impact it has on people’s lives, click here.

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During the tax season (Last week of January to April 15th) all you need to do is call (801) 393-4011 to schedule an appointment at our site. Cottages of Hope prepares prior year returns throughout the year, call (801) 393-4011 to schedule an appointment to prepare returns for tax years, 2012-2015. The income threshold for 2016 will be $54,000 in gross (combined) income or less.


Brian and Lisa Ford said this about their volunteer experience

“We didn’t really know what to expect when we started volunteering with VITA, but we truly enjoyed the experience. It was fulfilling to know that we were making a difference in other people’s lives. We will definitely be VITA volunteers in the future. Through our time served, we were able to see what a blessing this program was to so many people. ”

2015 and 2016 Results and Impact

Volume 2015 2016
Returns 878 874
Financial Impact 2011 2012
Total Refunds $1,397,622 $1,421,109
Estimated Preparation Fees $   157,860 $    155,880
Total Financial Impact $1,555,482 $1,576,989

Since opening our doors in 2008, Cottages of Hope has prepared over 9,100 tax returns for free and brought back over $14,058,000 to our community with the help of over 80 community volunteers. That is simply awesome!


Volunteers, the “V” in VITA, drive this significant community service. Each site is staffed with non-paid volunteers that come from all walks of life. There are several ways individuals can help at a site such as being a site coordinator, tax preparer, greeter or financial resource specialist. All training necessary to prepare these basic returns is provided by the IRS and community partners.

To become a volunteer contact us for more information.