United Way’s Free Tax Service Initiative is designed to help hardworking families in the Northwest Arkansas area who qualify with free tax preparation and financial literacy! We work to ensure financial eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other deductions available to disadvantaged families to maximize their funds. This program runs annually January through April.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is an in-person resource for individuals earning $54,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. This program is operated by certified volunteers and allows our neighbors the opportunity to file and direct deposit their tax refund for free and ensure proper tax credits are utilized. can be used to file federal and state taxes in all 50 states for those earning $66,000 or less. You can log on 24/7 to and file your taxes for FREE! Tax filers received $5.8 million back in state and federal returns in 2017. Of the tax refunds prepared, $1.6 million went back to hardworking families through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). EITC is the largest anti-poverty program in the United States.


3,410 hardworking individuals and families in Northwest Arkansas filed their taxes through our Free Tax Service Initiative in 2017.

$6 million +

Northwest Arkansas individuals and families received over $6 million in tax refunds in 2017.

$1.6 million

These individuals and families received over $1.6 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2017.



Interested in volunteering?

Learn more about VITA volunteer opportunities here.

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