VITA Tax Clinic header

MCC VITA Tax Clinic

Important Update VITA Clinic Schedule

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic is once again available to the community after instituting updated procedures in accordance with the governor's stay-at-home order. The program will now operate through May 15, 2020.

  1. The revised procedures instruct taxpayers to start by emailing or calling (815) 455-8744 to request an interview form. In both forms of contact, taxpayers should provide their name, address, telephone number, and email address.
  2. In addition to the form, participants should gather copies of: social security cards and photo identification for all taxpayers listed on the return; W-2s; social security statements (if applicable); a voided check for direct deposit of refund; and 1099-R if applicable.
  3. Once completed, the above materials and interview form should be placed in an envelope clearly labeled "MCC VITA" and driven to the College, located at 8900 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake. The envelope can be placed in a drop box designated for important paperwork located in the upper parking lot outside Building A (accessible via the entrance off Tartan Drive and U.S. Highway 14).
  4. VITA staff will pick up the taxpayer's documents, then securely scan and distribute the documents to an official MCC VITA tax preparer who will complete the return and call the taxpayer to conduct an interview and explanation.
  5. Once finalized, MCC will print the return and mail to the taxpayer with instructions to sign on two documents where indicated. Once the returns have been signed, the taxpayer will simply need to text a picture of those signed pages to (901) 646-1040. The copy of the signed return can also be placed in an envelope and returned to the drop box at MCC.

    Once those pages are received, the tax return will be e-filed by MCC's VITA 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. through March 16

2020 Drop Off/Pick Up Harvard Site

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

  • 21007 McGuire Road, Harvard, IL
  • 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 (2016–2018) 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 $65,000 and assists with Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) returns for individuals or households with incomes less than $65,000.

  • 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

Some "free" tax preparation products only offer federal filings, or charge extra for many common forms. MyFreeTaxes is completely free for anyone unless you need schedule C (income from a side hustle); Schedule D (capital gains); or Schedule E (investment income).