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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

VITA is a volunteer outreach program established by the IRS and operated by different organizations in the community. It is available to students or scholars with an annual income under $54,000 and to people over age 60.

The university offers two locations of VITA assistance in the spring. In order to assure you visit the correct VITA site, see the tax residency information. The International House runs the Nonresident Alien VITA Site and the Law School runs the Resident Alien VITA Site. No appointment is necessary. Please bring all tax forms with you for efficient use of the volunteer’s time.

Times and dates of the VITA sites will be announced late fall early spring. Typically, they are held two nights a week from February until April.

Please visit the IRS website for other Knoxville VITA locations. Times and dates vary by location.

Those who do not qualify for assistance through the VITA program or who have complex tax situations (for example, someone who earned investment income such as stock or capital gains) may want to consider using a paid tax preparer to complete their tax return. These individuals can assist you in filing your taxes for a fee, which could be $100 or more.