Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is an IRS program that offers free tax preparation for families and individuals with income of $58,000 or less. The United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg sponsors the VITA program in the Richmond region.

The University of Richmond operates a VITA site in downtown Richmond. For the 2022 tax season, we provided free tax services at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. University of Richmond students become IRS-certified volunteers and may help with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

We are currently closed, however you can still receive tax services through United Way's virtual tax site, GetYourRefund.

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  • Am I eligible for free tax services?

    The IRS’s Volunteer Inomce and Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation for qualified individuals, including:

    • People who generally make $58,000 or less
    • Persons with disabilities; and
    • Limited English-speaking taxpayers

    In addition to VITA, the TCE program offers free tax help, particularly for those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.

  • Tax Site Hours of Operation

    The University of Richmond’s tax site is located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 815 E Grace St. Richmond, VA 23219. We operate from February 1 to April 14, although we are closed the week of March 7th for spring break. See our hours below:

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:45pm - 7pm (2/1 - 4/14, closed 3/8 and 3/10)
    • Select Saturdays, 9:45am - 1pm: February 5, February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2

     You can sign up for an appointment here: Sign Up for VITA Appointment at UR VITA.

    We also have limited capacity to accept walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. Appointments are highly recommended.

    Find A Tax Site

    You can search for another local VITA site on United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg’s website here.

    You can also search for VITA sites using the IRS website here

  • Getting to the Tax Site

    University of Richmond’s VITA site is located at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 815 E Grace St. Richmond, VA 23219. The entrace is on 9th St., between Grace St. and Franklin St. 

    There is limited free parking in St. Paul’s parking garage for tax clients. Parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Please let the attendant know that you are visiting the tax site.

    The nearest bus stops are:

    • Pulse Bus stop at Government Center
    • Bus #5 to 9th & Main
    • Bus #14 to 5th & Grace

    For University of Richmond student volunteers, please contact the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement for free transportation to the tax site.

  • Make an Appointment

    You can make an appointment at University of Richmond’s tax site here:

    Make a Tax Appointment Here

    You can also contact urdvita@gmail.com or leave a message with (804) 505-4906 for help in making an appointment.

    We also have limited capacity to accept walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. Appointments are highly recommended.

  • Faculty, Staff & Students Tax Help

    The CCE is hosting two free on-campus tax clinics for University of Richmond faculty, staff, and students who have a household income of $58,000 or less. Our tax clinic is operating on Friday, February 25 and Friday, March 25 from 8am - 11am & 2pm - 5pm. We are not qualified to prepare foreign student returns. 

    Sign Up for an On-Campus Appointment

    If you are filing a joint return, your spouse must also be present for us to electronically file. 

  • Foreign Student Tax Returns

    There is one VITA site in the Richmond region that is qualified to prepare foreign student tax returns. Once we recieve information about the dates and times for that tax site, we will share it here.

    Unfortunately, the University of Richmond’s tax site isn’t qualified to prepare foreign student returns.

  • For Volunteers

    United Way is always looking for more volunteers to help support the VITA program in a variety of roles, including tax preparers, Greeter/Screeners, and translators. You do not have to know anything about taxes to volunteer with us.

    Why volunteer with the VITA program?

    • You’ll gain valuable experience and be able to do your own taxes
    • It looks great on a resume and may help you in your future job search
    • Directly volunteer in the community and work one-on-one with people 
    • Help bring a valuable service to the community
    Sign Up Here to Volunteer