Urban West Region

Free tax preparation

  • Notice:

    • We are currently planning for next tax season and will start serving taxpayers in January 2022. You can help by making a financial contribution or volunteering your time.

The IRS offers free basic tax return preparation to people who qualify through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

The University of Missouri Extension sponsors these programs, in partnership with agencies in the KC Metro Tax Coalition.

Kansas City Metropolitan Tax Coalition
  • University of Missouri Extension
  • United Way of Greater Kansas City
  • PCs for People (Connecting for Good)
  • El Centro Inc.
  • The Don Bosco Centers
  • Guadalupe Centers
  • Holy Rosary Credit Union
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • KC Shepherd's Center
  • K-State Extension
  • Liberty Silver Center
  • Local Investment Commission (LINC)
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Operation Breakthrough
  • Platte Senior Services
  • Rockhurst University
  • Salvation Army
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City

Volunteer with VITA

Here are the top four reasons people choose to volunteer with VITA.

Help people in a BIG way
If it weren't for VITA, people might miss out on valuable opportunities. A volunteer explained how she met someone who did not know about the Missouri Property Tax Credit and helped her recover money for the past three years. "She was beside herself with appreciation and was so gracious." Other taxpayers have called VITA a blessing and said volunteers are, "a lifeline to people in the community."
Meet people and have fun
Volunteering with VITA can give you an opportunity to be social! Many of our volunteers have become friends. Volunteers have also said how much they appreciate building relationships with clients and being trusted to do their taxes year after year.
Exercise your brain
Strengthen your skills or learn something new. Volunteers receive training and certification. Instructor Andrew Zumwalt earned top ratings from volunteers last year with his funny and easy-to-understand approach. One person said, "I've attended training for 10+ years and this was by far the best!"
Earn continuing education credits
The VITA/TCE program can provide up to 18 credits for the following professionals: Enrolled Agents (EAs), non-credentialed tax return preparers (AFSP), and Certified Financial Planners (CFP). Attorneys and Certified Public Accountants could also qualify, depending on state licensing and/or national board requirements.

We appreciate the professionals that donate their time to VITA, but you don't have to be a tax expert to support our cause. We need people in many roles:

  • Are you friendly and outgoing? Greet taxpayers, answer questions, and return messages.
  • Are you good at dotting the i's and crossing the t's? Collect and organize paperwork.
  • Do you like puzzles and problem-solving? Prepare tax returns.
  • Are you a tech whiz? Coach people on how to use equipment and apps or analyze data.
  • Are you passionate about social justice? Empower people through financial capability.