Free Tax Preparation in Columbus Ohio Claim Earned Income Credit

By | December 28, 2015

Recognizing the EITC’s potential benefit to individuals, families and communities, United Way of Central Ohio partnered with Columbus City Council and the Franklin County commissioners to launch the Franklin County EITC Coalition—now Tax Time—in October 2006.


IRS VITA in Columbus Ohio

Each year, Tax Time supports free tax assistance sites throughout Columbus between January and April.  In 2013, 47 sites prepared 14,530 tax returns, resulting in $14.8 million dollars in refunds and savings of more than $3.6 million to taxpayers who may have otherwise used a paid tax preparer.


Free Tax Returns Filed in Columbus Ohio

Tax Time works collaboratively to maximize community resources that promote economic self-sufficiency. The program raises awareness of the EITC, provides access to free, high-quality tax assistance and connects people to a network of services, including financial education opportunities that help them plan for their future.


Free Tax Prep in Columbus

Tax Time combines three free tax preparation programs under a single umbrella:

1) United Way of Central Ohio’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program,

2) AARP’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program, and

3) the Ohio Association of Foodbanks’ Ohio Benefit Bank.


Free Tax Preparation in Columbus, Ohio

For the ninth consecutive year, Ohio Dominican University (ODU) Accounting students and faculty will offer free income tax preparation services to qualified individuals through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA offers free tax help to people with low-to-moderate income (generally $51,000 and below). Through this program, ODU Accounting students offer assistance with special credits, including earned income tax credit, child tax credit and credit for the elderly.

How to File Taxes for Free in Columbus Ohio?

Since first offering the VITA program in 2007, ODU faculty and students have helped prepare 2,133 tax returns. In spring 2014, ODU students and faculty prepared 418 state and federal income tax returns, and processed $355,754 in refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service certifies as tax preparers participating Accounting students, usually juniors and seniors. Under the supervision of faculty members who are certified public accountants, students prepare federal, state, local school and city income tax returns.


Other Free Tax Preparation Services in Columbus, Ohio

  • Godman Guild
    303 E Sixth Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43201
    Directions from Fisher College of Business
  • African American and African Studies Community Extension Center
    905 Mount Vernon Ave
    Columbus, OH 43203
    Directions from Fisher College of Business

Non-Refundable Tax Credits supported by the Benefit Bank are:

  • Credit for Child and Dependent Care Expenses
  • Credit for the Elderly and Disabled
  • Education Credits
  • Retirement Savings Contribution Credits
  • Mortgage Interest Credit
  • Child Tax Credit

Refundable Tax Credits supported by the Benefit Bank are:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Additional Child Tax Credit
  • Making Work Pay Credit
  • First Time Homebuyer Credit
  • Refundable Education Credits