VITA / Free Tax Assistance

20160409-VITA-at-MSTC-117The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides low-income households with assistance filing their income taxes, including claiming any tax credits for which they are eligible (Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credit, Homestead Credit). In-person services are offered in Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties from early February through April 15th. Online tax preparation is also available at, even after the April filing deadline.

In the 2018 tax season, CAP Services served 869 households and helped these families to secure over $1.3 million in state and federal refunds. In addition to offering free tax preparation, CAP partnered with SaveYourRefund to help families looking to save their tax refund for a rainy day or unforeseen expenses. Tax filers were encouraged to save a portion of their refund and potentially win cash prizes through the incentive-based promotion.

The success of the filing season was made possible thanks to the generosity and skill of our 48 volunteers as well as our program partners: Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin, Waupaca Area Community Foundation, IRS, Mid-State Technical College, Huntington National Bank, National Exchange Bank Foundation, and United Way’s 2-1-1 and United Way of Portage County. Thank you!

If you would like more information about the VITA program, including volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Erin Olson
Innovation & Engagement Coordinator


Project Partners include:


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