Jackson Department on Aging and The Arbor Church in Spring Arbor will be doing in person appointments, all other sites will be operating as a drop off site.  Please follow the instructions that you receive in your confirmation email or text message about the location you choose.   

For Drop off locations, please be prepared to drop off documents with a preparer and return for your completed return at another time. At the end of this process, once approved, we will e-file your tax return.

Although you are dropping off, please allow time to speak with a tax preparer or intake specialist. In addition, you must fill out the required paperwork completely.

All sites will have paperwork available to pick up prior to your appointment so that you will have time to fill it out ahead of time.  There will be a container located at each site. 

***If all required documentation is not completed at your scheduled appointment time, your appointment may have to be rescheduled for a later date.***

List of Docs to Provide

Failure to provide all required documentation will delay your assistance. We require the following documents:

  • Social Security card for yourself, spouse and any dependents. Copies are acceptable (cannot use prior year tax return).
  • State-issued photo identification (Driver License or State ID) for yourself and spouse (please bring your spouse with you). Must be valid and not expired.
  • All income forms including: 
    • W2s
  • 1099s including: 
    • SELF-EMPLOYMENT (1099-MISC)
    • SOCIAL SECURITY STATEMENT (BRING YOUR YEAR-END STATEMENT, NOT THE MONTHLY STATEMENT COPY  - THAT ONLY TELLS YOUR CHECK AMOUNT). (1099-SSA)
    • UNEMPLOYMENT STATEMENT, ETC. (1099-G)
    • RETIREMENT INCOME  (1099-R)
    • INTEREST INCOME (1099-INT)
  • All health insurance documents including form 1095 for everyone on your return.
  • DHHS Statement
  • Information on energy efficient purchases such as roof, solar panels, etc.
  • Total heating expense for 2021. May be a recent utility bill.
  • Total rent for 2021 and a list of all landlords' names and addresses.
  • Property taxt statement showing 2021 taxable value and summer and winter taxes. (If you own your home)
  • Copy of last year's tax return, if available.
  • 6419 – Letter from the IRS on how much monies you received in 2021 for the Earned Income Tax Credit Advanced Payments
  • 6475 -  Letter from the IRS indicating how much monies you received in 2021 for the Third Economic Impact Payment.
  • Form 1098T for college/university tuition 
  • Student loan interest1098-E 
  • Receipts for textbooks and other supplies
  • Any documentation for itemized deductions (child care expenses, mortgage interest, donations, registration for your vehicle, etc.) or any other document you think may apply
  • Bank routing and account number for direct deposit. (Debit card will not work, they will not have routing or account numbers on them)
  • If self-employed, organized list of income and expense records. 

WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PREPARE YOUR TAXES. YOU WILL HAVE TO RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT AT ANOTHER TIME.


PLEASE ALSO NOTE: COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY VITA VOLUNTEERS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE IRS OR MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TREASURY TO CHECK ON YOU RETURN.


Please note after reviewing your documents we may request additional information to complete your application.

Please note that we cannot process returns involving farming. 

Information

Community Action Agency provides free Federal, state and city income tax preparation services through the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Community Action Agency's VITA Sites

  • Ayieko Center (drop off site) - 410 E. High Street, Jackson, MI 49203
  • The Arbor Church (in person tax preparation) - 120 East Main Street Spring Arbor, MI 49283
  • CAA Lenawee (drop off site) - 400 South Street, Adrian, MI 49221
  • Hillsdale Community Library (drop off site) - 11 E. Bacon Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242
  • Jackson Department on Aging (in person tax preparation) - 1715 Lansing Avenue Suite #672 Jackson, MI 49202
  • Jackson District Library Carnegie Branch ( My Free Taxes Site) - 244 W. Michigan Avenue Jackson, MI 49201
  • Lenawee County Human Services Bldg (drop off site) - 1040 S. Winter, Suite 3010, Adrian, MI 49221
  • MLK Center (drop off site) - 1107 Adrian Street Jackson, MI 49203

Within minutes of making your appointment, you should receive a confirmation email with a calendar appointment attached to the email. In addition, you will also receive a phone reminder the day before your appointment.

Appointments can be changed or canceled at any time on this website. You can also make or cancel an appointment at any time (24/7) using our automated phone system by dialing (517) 247-2099 and following the instructions.