Tax Clinic

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is operated each spring by the law school’s Tax Law Society, a student organization. The TJSL VITA program is an IRS program that provides a valuable community service in the form of free income tax return preparation.

Clients who come to the Thomas Jefferson VITA clinic include students, low-income families, senior citizens and others who can’t afford professional tax services or are unable to complete their own tax forms.

The students who volunteer for this clinic receive training to become IRS-certified, learn how to operate the TaxWise software, how to interview clients effectively and how to assemble a proper tax return.

Items you need to bring to the VITA/TCE Sites to have your tax returns prepared

  • Proof of identification
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year's Federal and State returns if available
  • Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for Direct Deposit
  • Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number) 
  • To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. 
  • If you rented your home, the name and address of your landlord or property management company and their phone number.