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ATTENTION: Our IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance(VITA) Site is closed for the remainder of the season. Please be aware there are options for free tax assistance through the IRS’s Free File Program as well as other sites in North Carolina that are still open for assistance.

IF YOU WISH, YOU MAY PREPARE YOUR RETURN YOURSELF FROM HOME AT HTTP://WWW.MYFREETAXES.COM/. YOUR INCOME MUST BE BELOW $57,000. IF YOU RUN INTO QUESTIONS, YOU MAY CONTACT SUPPORT AT 1.855.MY.TX.HELP.

We ask that you please DO NOT call the law school.

Client Service Dates

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 through Wednesday, April 1, 2020  

Monday and Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Disclaimer: All tax returns are filed with the assistance of an IRS certified volunteer tax preparer. Our volunteers are neither licensed attorneys nor professional tax preparers (CPA's, etc.). None of our volunteers are qualified to give legal or other professional advice. If you need such advice, then you should seek out the services of a licensed attorney or other tax professional. You will be required to sign a disclaimer form prior to having your taxes completed.

Appointments

Making An Appointment: Appointments are REQUIRED. To make an appointment, click on "Make an Appointment" on the left-hand side of this page. Appointment dates that are full will not be shown on the online scheduling system. Only open slots are able to be selected.

Walk-In Policy: We will no longer accept walk-ins. Thank you for your understanding.

Other tax prep options: You may log on to our FREE website to file your taxes on your own (see the bottom of this page for more information).

Arrive on time: The estimated standard time for preparing a return is 1.5 hours. This does not necessarily mean that your return will take this long. Please arrive on time or early for your appointment to ensure that we will have sufficient time to prepare your return. 

Location: UNC School of Law 160 Ridge Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. The clinics are held on the top floor in room 5048. Signs directing you to the room will be visible inside building.

Parking: Visitor parking is conveniently located in the nearby visitor pay lots. DO NOT park in the visitor spaces next to the law school builidng. Additional Parking is available in the nearby Rams Head parking deck and the Raleigh Road Visitor parking lot. Generally, parking on campus either requires a UNC parking pass, a weeknight parking pass, or you must pay for parking through the park mobile app. If you are paying with the park mobile app, please park in the school of government lot next to the law school or in any spot designated for visitors who are paying through the park mobile app. 

Parking is also available at the Rams Head Parking Deck, located on Ridge Road. Additional parking information can be found on the Transportation & Parking website.

Foreign Students and Scholars: Our volunteers are certified to prepare nonresident returns (1040NR or 1040NR-EZ) for foreign students and scholars. If we are unable to prepare your return, please seek assistance from the Office of International Students.

Please see our FAQs for additional information.

What to Bring

  • Required: Social Security cards (or ITIN cards) for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents
    • Copies of Social Security cards or ITIN cards are acceptable
  • Required: Photo identification (driver's license, state ID card, passport, visa, or school ID card)
    • If you are a foreign student or scholar, you MUST bring your passport
  • Wage and Earning Statement(s) from all employers: W-2
  • Interest and Dividend Statement(s): 1099-INT, 1099-DIV
  • Statements for other sources of income: W-2G, 1099R, SSA-1099, alimony, 1099-MISC, etc.
  • Tuition statement for qualified education expense: 1098-T
  • Receipts or other proof of purchase for required textbooks and other educational expenses
  • Child care provider's tax identification number (either the provider's SSN or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)
  • Statements and receipts for itemized deductions (mortgage interest statements, property tax bills, charitable donation receipts, medical expense receipts, etc.)
  • Receipts for business expenses
  • A blank check, if using direct deposit for refunds (it must have the bank routing number and account number)
  • A copy of last year's tax return, if available
  • If a couple is filing jointly and electronically, both spouses must be present to sign the forms

Client Eligibility

  • Income Limitation:
    • Carolina Law VITA will not prepare returns for households making greater than $62,000 or individuals making greater than $52,000.
  • Form Limitations:
    • Carolina Law VITA will not prepare these forms under normal circumstances:
      • Form 1040 Schedules:
        • Schedule C (Profit or Loss from a Business), unless you meet Schedule C-EZ criteria but your business expenses are between $5,000 and $10,000.
        • Schedule D (complicated and advanced Ds, i.e. those involving a high number of transactions)
        • Schedule E (Rental Income)
      • Other forms:
        • Form SS-5 (Request for a SSN)
        • Form 2106 (Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses)
        • Form 3903 (Moving Expenses)
        • Form 8606 (Nondeductible IRAs)
        • Form 8615 (children under 18 with high investment income, AKA "kiddie tax")
  • Other Limitations:
    • Carolina Law VITA will not prepare military, international (US tax returns with foreign-source income), or prior year amended returns. If you need one of these services, contact another VITA site or a paid professional preparer.
    • You must be a US citizen, permanent resident (green card holder), or visa holder in order to use our services.

NOW OFFERING FILE FROM HOME

IF YOU WISH, YOU MAY PREPARE YOUR RETURN YOURSELF FROM HOME AT HTTP://WWW.MYFREETAXES.COM/. YOUR INCOME MUST BE BELOW $57,000. IF YOU RUN INTO QUESTIONS, YOU MAY CONTACT SUPPORT AT 1.855.MY.TX.HELP.

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