The IRS first founded the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in 1971 to support free tax preparation for the underserved. Since then, VITA has grown nationwide to assist millions of individuals filing their taxes.
In 1982, volunteers in Lincoln began preparing free tax returns through the University of Nebraska College of Law and Lincoln Public Libraries. In 2003, the Lincoln EITC (earned income tax credit) Coalition was organized, and in 2015 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Civic Engagement took over the Lincoln VITA Coalition. In 2021, Lincoln VITA relocated to CCFL, becoming part of the center’s many projects that help to improve the lives of children and families.
Lincoln VITA is volunteer-based and provides free tax preparation to individuals and families with low-to-moderate income, non-filers with children, persons with disabilities, individuals who speak English as an additional language, students, and older adults in the community. Led by VITA Coordinator Linda Moody, this crucial free service assists individuals and families in receiving all their qualifying tax credits when filing.