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MCC VITA Tax Clinic

Free Income Tax Preparation

MCC offers free tax assistance and e-filing of federal and state returns for those who qualify beginning January 25, 2020 with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic.

Additional services include:

  • Certified Acceptance Agent (CAA) for processing Individual Taxpayer Identification Number request (ITIN). An ITIN is required for undocumented workers (those in the U.S. without papers) who are working.
    • If you earn money in the U.S. as a resident, citizen or visitor, you have to file income taxes. If you can’t get a Social Security number, you’ll need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to file your taxes.
  • Trained staff will help individuals complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form with the completion of the tax return. (appointment required)

Where and When is the VITA Tax Clinic?

  • McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake, IL in Building A, Room 102
    • Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., January 28 through April 15 (closed March 25)
    • Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., January 23 through April 10 (closed March 27)
    • Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., January 26 through April 13 (closed March 30)

2019 Drop Off/Pick Up Harvard Site (Drop Off/Interview/Pick Up)

No tax prep at Harvard, drop off and pick up a week later

  • Harvard - 401 N. Division Street, Harvard, IL
    • Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., January 28 through April 8 (closed March 25)
  • What are the Benefits of the VITA Tax Clinic?
    • Earned Income Tax Credit
    • Fast Refunds with free E-Filing of Federal and State Returns
    • VITA Certified Preparers
    • Banking and Financial Counseling (appointment required)
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Preparation (appointment required)
    • Amended and prior years’ returns (2014–2016) during the month of March
    • Language Services Provided VITA Clinic information in Spanish
    • žITIN processing (Certified Acceptance Agency)
  • Who Qualifies?

    The VITA Clinic prepares tax returns for individuals or households with incomes less than $55,000 and assists with Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) returns for individuals or households with incomes less than $60,000.

  • What to Do I Bring to the VITA Tax Clinic?
    • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) letters for all family members reported on the tax return (mandatory)
    • Valid photo ID for main taxpayer on tax return
    • Bank account routing and account number for direct deposit
    • Earnings statements (wages W-2s), pensions, Social Security, Unemployment, interest, dividends, 1099s, etc.
    • Tuition statements and expenses (1098-T)
    • Mortgage interest statements (1098)
    • Real estate tax bill
    • Prior year tax return
    • Cancellation of debt/bankruptcy information