TAX SERVICES

Understanding and fulfilling tax obligations is the foundation of financial security and stability. The Iowa Center provides access to free income tax preparation services for qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.

As leader of the Iowa statewide VITA coalition, The Iowa Center partners with 21 organizations who operate 80 tax sites across the state to ensure that VITA income tax preparation is accessible to qualified individuals all across Iowa. The Iowa Center directly operates 11 VITA tax sites to support individuals and small businesses who need support getting their financial house in order.

 What is VITA?

The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to individuals, families, and small businesses filing on a Schedule C. VITA is available to people who generally make $64,000 or less, and provides specialized assistance for persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English-speaking taxpayers. The Iowa Center operates 11 sites in Iowa:

Iowa Center for Economic Success
2210 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

Hours:
Mondays, Thursdays 9-2

Appointments:
Appointment only

SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

Ankeny Service Center
641 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ste. H
Ankeny, IA 50023

Hours:
Wednesdays, Fridays 9-2

Appointments:
Scheduled appointments and walk-in appointments available

 SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

Valley Community Center
4444 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Hours:
Tuesdays, Saturdays 9-2 

No tax services available: Saturday, February 17, Saturday, March 16, and Saturday, April 6.

Closing at 11:30am Saturday, April 13

Appointments:
Scheduled appointments and walk-in appointments available

SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

 

United Way of Central Iowa
1111 9th Street, Room E
Des Moines, IA 50314

Hours:
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 9-2
Mondays, Wednesdays 5-8

Appointments:
Walk-in appointments only 

Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310

Hours:
Fridays, Saturdays 9-2
Tuesdays, Thursdays 5-8

Appointments:
Walk-in appointments only

Evelyn K. Davis Center
1171 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314

Hours:
Mondays 9-2

Appointments:
Appointments only

SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT

 

Madison County Extension Intake – Winterset
117 N John Wayne Drive
Winterset, IA 50273

Hours:
Fridays 9-2

Appointments:
Call 515-462-1001 to schedule. Appointment only.

 

Cass County Extension Intake – Atlantic
805 W 10th Street
Atlantic, IA 50022

Hours:
Fridays and Saturday        Monday 2/18

Appointments:
Call 712-243-1132 to schedule, appointment only

Muscatine Cooperative
1852 Colorado Street
Muscatine, IA 52761

Hours:
February 16, 9-2
April 4, 4-8

What to Bring to Your Appointment

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Volunteer for VITA

Do you want to make a difference in our community? Volunteer to assist low-to-moderate income individuals, families and small businesses who need assistance preparing their tax returns. In addition to tax preparation, our volunteers help clients to understand their tax obligations and overcome obstacles to achieve correct, timely and complete tax filings. No experience is necessary – volunteers need to be trustworthy, have attention to detail, and a desire to make a difference. Volunteers must complete an online training provided by the IRS, pass a test based on the training, and commit to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of taxpayer information. Many of our volunteers are retired CPAs, college students, financial planners, corporate finance executives and others who enjoy working with numbers.

Our busiest time of year is during tax season which runs from February 5 – April 15. But we have volunteer opportunities available year round. Sign up now to start the training process or receive more information!

VITA PARTNERS

The Iowa Center leads the statewide VITA program to encourage taxpayers to file their tax returns with funding support the IRS, the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, and United Way of Central Iowa.

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