VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
The OCCOA annually partners with the IRS to provide a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program during tax season. The program is targeted toward taxpayers with total gross household incomes of under $64,000. VITA return preparers are volunteers who have been trained and certified, annually, through VITA. In addition to preparing federal and state returns, volunteers can prepare Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credits and Home Heating Credits for those who are eligible. The program is available free-of-charge.
Frequently Asked Questions
The VITA site sponsored by the Otsego County Commission on Aging offers e-filing for federal and state tax return preparation.
Returns are prepared, “in person” at:
Otsego County Commission on Aging, Upper Level, 1165 Elkview Ave., Gaylord Michigan.
Appointments are required and may be made by calling (989) 748-4066 after January 2, 2024.
Standard tax clinics are scheduled on various days, dependent upon volunteer availability, between February 2, 2023, and April 13, 2023. A Michigan Credits clinic is planned for April 17, 2023. Appointments are required. To schedule one, please call (989) 748-4066, or Contact Us.
To help you prepare for your appointment, you will be sent a list of items that you will need to gather to bring to your appointment.
There is no charge for the preparation of your return.
To learn the status of your federal refund, you may contact the IRS Refund Hotline at (800) 829-1954 or the IRS Teletax System at (800) 829-4477. Alternatively, you may visit https://www.irs.gov/refunds/about-wheres-my-refund. If you e-filed, please allow 21 days from the time you e-filed before contacting the IRS. If you paper filed, please allow 6 weeks.
To learn the status of your Michigan refund, you may contact the Michigan Department of Treasury at (517) 636-4486. Alternatively, you may visit http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43513_75466—,00.html. If you e-filed, please allow four weeks from the time you filed before contacting the Michigan Department of Treasury. If you paper filed, please allow 4 to 6 weeks.
Click here for the IRS’s authorized professional e-filers for individuals.