Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

C2The Capital Area Asset Building Coalition (CAABC) is a collaboration of Capital Area United Way, local non-profit organizations, government entities, Internal Revenue Service, financial institutions, colleges and universities, and multiple other organizations. CAABC’s objective is to improve the financial wellbeing and economic self-sufficiency of working, low to moderate income residents, by providing free tax preparation, financial education, and to connect people with asset building programs and opportunities. 

The primary initiative of CAABC is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The VITA program provides free income tax preparation assistance and primarily targets low-income workers, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE income tax preparation service by IRS-trained volunteers for low to moderate income individuals, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities in Capital Area United Way’s 10-parish region.  VITA volunteers work with tax filers to ensure they get the full refund and credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, they are entitled to.

How can I get involved?

Volunteering at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is a very rewarding opportunity and offers a unique way to strengthen your community.  No prior experience necessary is necessary.  VITA offers flexible hours and training; all you need is a desire to help families in your community.

Link to VITA Volunteer Flyer

What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit for working, low to moderate income individuals/families. It is determined and received through federal income tax returns.

Where do I go for free tax preparation?

Location  Address City Contact
Baton Rouge Community College 201 Community College Dr. Baton Rouge 225-216-8363
Belfair Baptist Church 4444 Fairfields Ave. Baton Rouge 225-278-6149
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge 1900 S. Acadian  Baton Rouge 225-336-8700
City of Baton Rouge, Central 9523 Plank Rd. Baton Rouge 225-358-4561
City of Baton Rouge,
Charles R. Kelly Center 
3535 Riley St. Baton Rouge 225-357-5013
City of Baton Rouge,
Dr. Leo S. Butler Center
950 E. Washington St. Baton Rouge 225-389-4814
City of Baton Rouge,
Jewel Newman Center
2013 Central Rd. Baton Rouge 225-778-0969
City of Baton Rouge,
Dr. Martin Luther King Center 
4000 Gus Young Ave. Baton Rouge 225-389-7679
City of Baton Rouge, Zachary 5736 Rollins Rd. Zachary 225-654-6751
Denham Springs Library  8101 Hwy. 190 Denham Springs 225-665-8118
Family Service Center  9794 Bains Rd. St. Francisville 225-635-5299
Iberville Parish Library  24605 J. Gerald Barrett Blvd. Plaquemine 225-687-2520
Livingston Parish Library 20390 Iowa St. Livingston 225-686-2436
LSU Union and Facilities Services Baton Rouge 225-578-1584
Pointe Coupee 812 New Roads St. New Roads 225-303-8601
River Parishes Community College 925 W. Edenborne Pkwy. Gonzales Walk-in Site
Shiloh Baptist Church 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Dr. Baton Rouge Walk-in Site
Southern University Law Center  1 Steptoe Dr. Baton Rouge Walk-in Site
St. Gabriel Tax Center  1745 Hwy. 30 St. Gabriel 225-642-5410
St. James Parish Government  5153 Canatella St. Convent 225-562-2442
St. John's United Methodist Church 9375 Highland Rd. Baton Rouge 225-276-9680
St. Vincent de Paul 220 St. Vincent de Paul Place Baton Rouge 225-383-7837
W. Baton Rouge 880 N. Alexander Ave.  Port Allen 225-383-4755


How do I make an appointment?

Call United Way 2-1-1 for more information about VITA sites in your area.

What to Bring:

 You must bring the following items to your tax appointment:

  • Photo identification (for you and your spouse, if filing jointly)
  • Social Security card or ITIN for each family member
  • W-2 forms for all jobs, all 1099 or 1098 forms and information on other income received
  • 1095-A if you purchased insurance from the Marketplace
  • Child care provider information
  • A voided check for direct deposit
  • Last year's tax return
  • Other relevant information about income and expenses