VITA Free Tax Prep

VITA Free Tax Prep

Your taxes made easy

Dixie State University offers free e-file tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program by IRS Certified DSU Accounting students and faculty. This program is offered to anyone who makes $54,000 annually or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speakers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

VITA will be offered at the following locations and times:

Closed for the Season

For assistance, please contact Michael Day at (435)-674-5757 x103.


What to bring

Photo ID:
Must be federal or state issued. Examples include: driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc. Photo copies or mobile phone images of ID’s are accepted as long as the content is clearly visible and legible.

Social Security Card(s):
Social Security Cards for each individual appearing on your tax return. The IRS requires that we verify numbers from social security cards. We cannot verify your SSN from your W-2 form. If your card has been lost or stolen, you must go to the Social Security Administration Office to apply for a replacement. You will be issued a temporary card. Temporary cards, original cards, and clear photo copies of an original are all accepted.

Income Forms:
W-2 froms from all employers, SSA-1099 showing Social Security Benefits, all types of 1099 and 1099-B forms accompanied by documentation showing the original asset purchase prices and sales proceeds.

Form 1098:
Form 1098 documenting your mortgage interest, mortgage insurance payments and property tax payments; documentation to verify medical expenses, charitable contributions, child care payments, and other relevant documentation related to your income and deductions.

Affordable Care Act Documents:
Form 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C.

Last Year’s Tax Return:
A copy of the previous year’s tax return. Not required for some fillings.

Account and Routing Numbers:
Bank account numbers and routing numbers can both be found on a check from your checkbook. These are required only for automatic deposit of your Federal and State Refunds to be deposited directly into your checking account.

Note: Please be sure to bring an ID and SSC for anyone appearing on your tax return such as spouses and children.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do DSU Accounting students volunteer to prepare taxes free of charge?

Dixie State University students benefit from participation in the DSU VITA program. They gain valuable experience working with the public, preparing taxes, and gaining insight from well-trained program coordinators. Benefits for student-volunteers are three-fold; they receive college credit, they gain real-life experience, and they participate in a service to the community. Students who complete the VITA program gain an advantage when it comes to employment opportunities as a result of their service and experience.

How can I trust that my student-prepared tax filing is accurate?

Although DSU accounting students are still learning about taxes, our VITA program is managed by professors that teach tax accounting. Volunteers include licensed CPAs and PhDs that review each filing that is prepared by student-volunteers during the course of each tax season. Each year, Dixie State University’s VITA coordinators train, supervise, and review the preparation of federal income taxes. Coordinators report details of their program to the Wage and Investment Division of the IRS and work to find solutions to any tax problems encountered during the season. Coordinators also keep their site volunteers informed about tax law changes and procedural updates. Dixie’s VITA program consistently ranks among the top in the state for accuracy.

Special Tax Situations

VITA Programs only provide free tax help for low to moderate income individuals (defined by the EITC threshold), persons with disabilities, the elderly, and those having limited English proficiency. Trained VITA volunteers prepare basic tax returns. If you have special tax situation, we encourage that you find a professional tax preparer from our community. Some special situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Own a business
  • Have a rental income (Schedule E)
  • Received a K-1
  • Self-Employed (Schedule C)


If you are seeking assistance with your taxes through VITA, and are deaf or hard of hearing and require an ASL interpreter to be present during your tax return, please contact the Southern Utah Deaf Center at 435.673.8974 is a free online preparation service offered to taxpayers to prepare their own tax return. Household income (AGI) must be less than $66,000. Visit and file your taxes today!


Please Contact: Michael Day (435)-674-5757 x103