Income Tax Assistance Available

Individuals who need help in preparing their 2015 income tax return may be eligible for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Kent State University. A national program, VITA offers tax preparation assistance to low- to moderate-income taxpayers.  The service is free to students, employees and community members who meet the eligibility requirements.

The Kent State VITA site will be located in the Schwartz Center. It will be open for appointments and walk-ins from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on three Saturdays:  Feb. 6, March 5 and April 2.  Individuals should go to the area outside the Office of the University Registrar on the first floor. The VITA site also will be open by appointments only on Tuesdays from Feb. 9 to April 5 in the Schwartz Center; the room location will be given when individuals call for an appointment.   

VITA eligibility requirements include individuals who:

  • Require a U.S. citizen or resident alien tax return (VITA cannot provide assistance with returns for nonresident aliens).
  • Have a total household income of $53,000 or less.
  • Have income and earnings that meet the VITA program guidelines. Return preparation is limited for those with debt forgiveness and those with Schedule C, D or E.

More detailed eligibility requirements and a list of documents to bring is available here.

To schedule an appointment, call 211 (if calling from the Kent Campus, dial 8 first) and request information for Portage County. For questions, email or visit the VITA website.

The Kent State VITA program is sponsored by PNC Bank.