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Free tax prep help available for Vanderbilt employees

Feb. 6, 2014, 3:36 PM

Vanderbilt families earning less than $57,000 per year in 2012 qualify for free tax preparation assistance through the VITA program. (photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville)

Vanderbilt families earning $58,000 or less in 2013 qualify for free tax preparation assistance through the VITA program. (photo courtesy of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville)

Update: The Vanderbilt VITA site is closed until United Way can reassign a coordinator. We will post any updates on this website. In the meantime, please call 2-1-1 or visit the United Way website to find a Middle Tennessee VITA location.

Individuals and families earning $58,000 or less in 2013 can have their taxes filed for free with the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. All VITA volunteers are trained and IRS certified to prepare basic tax returns.

How to participate:

In person

Visit one of the 40 VITA locations in Middle Tennessee, including the one at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Student Center (check with the Help Desk on Sarratt’s first floor for the room location, or call 322-2425). The Vanderbilt location is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 15. While you don’t need an appointment, you will need to bring these items:

  • A photo ID for adults. Note that both adults must be present if filing a joint return;
  • Social Security cards or ITINs for all family members going on the return;
  • Proof of income (W-2, 1099, disability year-end statements, etc.);
  • Optional: Proof of expenses for additional credits/deductions (child care expense statements, medical expenses, property tax statements, etc.); and
  • Optional: A checkbook with routing number and account number for a direct deposit refund.


United Way now has a free, online option so that you can file your taxes from the comfort of your home. Visit the My Free Taxes website to learn more.


Call the United Way by dialing 2-1-1, or contact the Vanderbilt Employee Service Center at or (615) 343-7000.

  • Mel H

    Hello, I just wanted to let you know that last night myself and two other employees waited on someone to show up last night to help us with our taxes but no one came and no one knew if a tax prep representative was coming. I even called ahead of time and the person that answered said that the tax prep was still scheduled and had not been cancelled.

    • Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this may have caused you. We are reaching out to United Way and to the group staffing the Vanderbilt VITA location to find out what happened and to confirm they expect to be onsite for the other dates.
      -Gill, Human Resources,

      • Unfortunately, United Way just notified us that the Vanderbilt VITA location is closed until they can reassign a coordinator. We will update this webpage when we know more. In the meantime, United Way recommends calling 2-1-1 or visiting the United Way website to find other Middle Tennessee VITA locations. – Gill, Human Resources,

      • Mel H

        Not a problem. Just wanted to let you know. Thank you for looking further into this. :-)