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 $64,000 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 2024 tax season, we are providing free tax preparation 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.

Student who are interested in becoming a volunteer for this program, can register for one of the following half-unit courses (learn more in the first tab below):

  • VITA I: CRN 21327 (no pre-requisite)
  • VITA II: CRN 21328 (must have taken VITA I)
  • VITA III: CRN 22685 (must have taken VITA II)
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  • Half-Unit VITA Course

    The Robins School of Business offers a half-unit course for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. You do not need to be a business student or any prerequisites to register for this course. There are three courses offered:

    • VITA I: CRN 21327 (no prerequisites)
    • VITA II: CRN 21328 (must have taken VITA I)
    • VITA III: CRN 22685 (must have taken VITA II)

    All students enrolled in the course must attend one of the training weekends:

    • Friday, January 19th, 12:30-3:30pm & Saturday, January 20th, 9:30am-4:30pm; OR
    • Friday, January 26th, 12:30-3:30pm & Saturday, January 27th, 9:30am-4:30pm

    Students must also complete 25 service hours throughout the semester at UR’s downtown tax site or one of the other 13 tax sites in Richmond. And write a reflection paper.

    VITA II students will be trained on-site as Quality Reviewers and provide support for newer volunteers.

    VITA III students will be trained as assistant site coordinators and will also be able to conduct on-campus tax preparation.

    Student Volunteering Outside of the VITA Course

    Students may also become a volunteer for the VITA program without registering for the half-unit course, as a tax preparer or in a non-tax role (Greeter/Screener). Students who volunteer are not required to volunteer a certain number of hours or complete reflection papers, however it is encouraged that students volunteer for about one shift a week. Learn more here.

  • 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 $64,000 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. Our hours of operation are:

    • Wednesdays: 3-7 p.m. (closed February 14 & March 13)
    • Thursdays: 3-5 p.m. (closed March 14)
    • Fridays: 12-4 p.m. (closed March 1, March 8, March 15 & March 29)
    • Select Saturdays (Feburary 17, March 2, March 23, & April 6): 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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


    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 downtown 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 a free on-campus tax clinic for University of Richmond faculty, staff, and students who have a household income of $64,000 or less.. Our tax clinic is operating on Friday, March 1 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.

  • Preparing for Your Appointment


    To prepare for your appointment, please bring the following documents with you. We cannot prepare your taxes without these:

    • Social Security card (yours, spouse, dependents) - we can accept a photo or copy of your social security card
    • Government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, state I.D.)
    • All of your income tax documents (e.g., W-2, SSA-1099, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-G, 1099-R)
    • If a student, 1098-T
    • If you have health insurance through the Marketplace, 1095-A
    • Other tax documents
    • If you’d prefer direct deposit for tax refunds, bring your bank routing and account number
    • IF MARRIED FILING JOINTLY, your spouse must also be present during the appointment


    You should reserve at least 90 minutes for your appointment. During your appointment you will meet with a tax preparer and a quality reviewer as part of the two-step process of this program. Your appointment time will depend on the number of tax returns we are preparing for you, the number of tax forms you have, and how many available Quality Reviewers we have.

    If you need to leave early, we can re-schedule you to return.


    To save time during your appointment, you can complete the intake form ahead of time and bring it with you or email it to shollist@richmond.edu  with your name and appointment date. Here is a link to the intake form.


    The tax site is accessible by wheel chair. We also offer over-the-phone interpretation services in over 120 languages. If there is another accommodation that you would like to request, please notify Sasha Hollister at shollist@richmond.edu. Please allow us two weeks to make a reasonable accommodation.


    There are some tax returns that we are not qualified to prepare at our site. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Non-resident alien tax returns
    • Foreign student tax returns
    • Income from rental property
    • Received, sold, exchanged, gifted or disposed of virtual currency (or financial interest in a digital asset). If you purchased virtual currency with real currency, that is in scope.
    • Tax returns for years 2017 and prior

    Should you have any further questions, please contact urdvita@gmail.com or leave a message at (804) 505-4906.