Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Puzzled by the tax law or which credits and deductions to take? We provide area residents free assistance with their tax returns.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is an IRS program designed to assist low-income taxpayers with filing their tax returns.

Each spring, the Monmouth VITA program offers computerized tax preparation and e-filing (federal and Illinois state) at no cost to the taxpayer.

Maximum income to qualify for assistance at Monmouth
Filing Status Income
Single $64,000
Married, Joint $103,000


Volunteers are Monmouth students that have been trained and certified by the IRS to prepare tax returns. They can help with special credits, such as the Premium Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit, education credits such as the American Opportunity Tax and Lifetime Learning Credits, and the Savers Credit.

In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, we offer free electronic filing. You can expect refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster if you have your refund deposited directly into your bank account.

The service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Returns are prepared while you wait. We can prepare and electronically file both federal and Illinois state returns.