Did you know you can use your tax return to reduce unpaid child support? This is an easy way to give your child the support they need, and for eligible taxpayers, you can file for free. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) program that helps qualified taxpayers prepare and file basic tax returns for free. 

To be eligible for this program, individuals only need to meet the following criteria:  

  • Employment during the year 2023.
  • Income lower than or equal to $64,000.
  • Persons with disabilities.
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers. 

Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

There are benefits to filing your taxes with VITA.

  • It helps eligible families take advantage of available tax credits.
  • Tax returns may help reduce past-due child support. 
  • The services are free and available at multiple locations with flexible hours. 
  • IRS-certified VITA volunteers prepare tax returns.
  • Returns are submitted to the IRS electronically.

What documents will I need to file my taxes with VITA?

  • Driver's license or photo identification.
  • Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for all members of your family.
  • All W-2 Forms.
  • 1099 Forms (if applicable).
  • Account number for electronic deposit of refund.

For more information, visit Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov) or call 2-1-1.

Free tax preparation is not a service of the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division. Information provided by the Texas Attorney General is in compliance with Texas Family Code § 231.123.