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Tax Filing Deadline and VITA COVID-19 Update

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020. The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can't file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return. Learn more here

A limited number of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, listed below, were open as of July 9, 2020. The status of these sites is subject to change, please call for more information before visiting.

TCA - Community & Energy Services
1410 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70125
Appointments Only (504) 875-2660 
(Closed Federal Holidays) 
Vietnamese Initiative Economic Training (VIET)
13435 Granville Street, New Orleans, LA 70129
M-F 9am-5pm (Closed Holidays) 
Walk-Ins & Appointments (504) 255-0400
United Way SELA
2515 Canal Street, 
New Orleans, LA 70119
Drop off July 14 & July 15 from 9 AM – 1:30 PM or call for more information (504) 408-4429
By appointment only after July 15

MyFreeTaxes.Com - File for FREE online

United Way has partnered with H&R Block to offer their premium online tax prep service, for free, to households of any income level who are filing simple returns (no schedule C, D, or E). Click here to get started.

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  • Life is short, and you shouldn’t have to pay to file your taxes

VITA Offers Free Person To Person Tax Help

Did you earn less than $56,000 last year? Our VITA program offers free tax help to individuals, families, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Please contact your local VITA office for more information. 

Earned more than $56,000? You may qualify to file your taxes online. Click here for more information.


People in great need often file early - and at great expense - through commercial tax preparation services that charge large fees. We want to spread the word that FREE tax help is available. By filing returns at local VITA sites people receive 100% of their refund. IRS-trained volunteers can help you find special tax credits.

IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS. Taxpayers who come to free tax preparation sites can find out about programs that will help them leverage their refunds toward the financial success of their families. These asset-building programs provide financial education, homebuyer's education, down payment assistance and low interest car loans.

If you qualify for free tax help, you may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Qualify for Free Tax Help?


EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit, sometimes called EIC or Earned Income Credit is a refundable tax credit. EITC can reduce the federal tax to zero and any unused credit is refunded.

EITC provides a boost to workers, their families and the communities where they live. It helps with food, gas, clothing, saving for a rainy day and more.

To qualify, workers must have taxable income from working for someone or from running a business or farm. Four out of five eligible workers already benefit from the EITC. Yet some people who qualify don't know it exists, or how to claim it.