Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Center

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is an IRS-sponsored program that was established in 1969. VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that was established in 1969. VITA is a free tax-preparation program that is offered to low- to moderate-income persons with disabilities, and elderly members of the community who most need tax assistance and cannot afford the services of a paid preparer.

The Brooklyn College VITA program will launch the income tax preparation season on Feb. 11, continuing through April 15. No appointments are necessary. The services, which include e-filing and direct deposit, are provided free of charge at various site locations across Brooklyn. All tax preparers are trained in tax law and are certified by the IRS. This is 100 percent volunteer work as mandated by the IRS, so payment is neither required nor permitted.

For whom do we prepare tax returns?

We prepare tax returns for:

  • individuals with W-2, 1099-MISC, 1099-R, SSA, SSI, 1099-G and 1099-INT forms; and
  • self-employed taxpayers or taxpayers with all transactions with cash. (You must have all expense items properly documented.)

We do not prepare tax return for individuals with:

  • investment income or loss,
  • income from rental property, or
  • self-employed taxpayers with business expenses above $5,000 or losses.

Free tax preparation for the college community

Service is available at the Brooklyn College West End Building on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. These times are reserved for Brooklyn College students, alumni, faculty and staff only. No appointments are necessary. Service includes e-filing and direct deposit.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No. Simply come on a date when the VITA Center is open.

Which documents do I need to bring?

You will need to bring your identification card, Social Security card (taxpayer’s, spouse’s and all dependents’) (or ITIN, if appropriate), voided check (if direct deposit is desired), all income statements (e.g., W-2, 1099-MISC, 1099-G, 1099-INT, SSA, SSI, etc.) and all other expense statements (tuition statements, mortgage interest statements, student loan interest, child care expense, etc.).

VITA Centers

Brooklyn College West End Building*
Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
* Service begins on Feb. 11. This location is exclusively for Brooklyn College students, alumni, faculty and staff.

Flatbush Library
22 Linden Boulevard (at Flatbush Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Flatbush YMCA
1401 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Friday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Program Adviser

Robert Clovey, MAcc., CPA
Adjunct Associate Professor
VITA Program Director

VITA Mission Statement

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to the low- to moderate-income population (generally $35,000 and below for individuals, and $65,000 and below for families) who most need tax assistance and cannot afford the services of a paid tax preparer.

We at Brooklyn College seek to fulfill the needs of the surrounding community. Our mission is threefold:

  • For our clients, we aim to prepare accurate returns with the utmost courtesy and professionalism.
  • For our interns, we aim to:
    • provide leadership, training and real world experience;
    • present the importance of an internship and giving back to the community.
  • For the college, we aim to present Brooklyn College as a landmark for academic excellence and service to the community.

Disclaimer: The Brooklyn College VITA program is a community-service program run by student volunteers who undergo vigorous training and testing prior to certification by the IRS. Although we endeavor to ensure the accuracy of our services and the information on our website, Brooklyn College VITA and affiliated persons give no warranty, expressed or implied, to the accuracy, reliability, relevance or completeness of information or service provided. No actions of Brooklyn College VITA volunteers constitute tax or legal advice. Brooklyn College VITA encourages the use of professional services by certified public accountants or paid tax preparers whenever possible.