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FREE Tax Preparation VITA (Philadelphia, PA)

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Depending on your location, the process of this activity in Tzu Chi Regional offices may have changed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Our new format is drop-off service.

Since 2007, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation has been assisting eligible taxpayers across the United States file their annual income tax through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

How to receive help:

  1. Please call an office near you for an appointment.
    Please call 215-627-1915 for registration.
  2. Please ensure you satisfy the following requirements for eligibility:
      • Total household income less than $58,000
      • Less than 5 stock transactions in 2021
      • No rental income
      • No 1040 NR (Nonresident Alien)
      • No 1099-MISC claiming expenses
      • No separate filing for married couples
  3. Please be prepared with the following required documents for your appointment:
      • Photo ID for you, spouse and/or dependent(s)
      • Social Security card or ITIN card for all family members
      • All forms of W-2, 1099, and other income
      • All forms and documentation for deductions, such as 1098 (Mortgage Interest), 1098T (Tuition Statement) and expenses, child care expenses and provider’s Tax ID number
      • Last year’s tax return
      • Copy of voided check
      • Health Insurance Card and/or 1095 form

For any other questions, please call 215-627-1915 or email.