Mission Statement: To better the financial state of the low-income working community of Lincoln through tax assistance and financial education.

VITA History and Purpose

The IRS first founded the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the University of California-Monterrery in 1971, and since then, VITA has grown nationwide to help millions of individuals file their income tax return. Since the introduction of the EITC in 19755, poverty levels have been significantly reduced, specifically helping children get out of the poverty cycle. .A combination of EITC and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) introduced in 1997 has:

  • Helped children do better in school

  • Improved the health of infants and mothers

  • Rewarded the work of low-paid or near poor workers

  • Provided a short-term safety net for working families, specifically with children

Vita has been a driving force in assuring that those deserving of these credits have received them.

Lincoln started preparing free tax returns through the UNL College of Law and the Lincoln Public Libraries in 1982. The Lincoln EITC Coalition was organized in 2003, and in 2015 UNL was given full responsibility in leading the Coalition. Since then, VITA has received funding through the Community Health Endowment, ServeNebraska AmeriCorps, and the Internal Revenue Service.

If you need to get your taxes done, click the tab above to get connected with VITA. Also, consider volunteering with VITA and becoming a part of a change bigger than yourself.