Free Tax Preparation

Tax-refund-16917048MakingChange hosts Howard County’s free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site at two locations, The MultiService Center at 9900 Washington Boulevard (Route 1), Laurel, and The NonProfit Collaborate at 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 100, Columbia.

VITA offers free tax preparation assistance to most individual taxpayers who earn less than $54,000 and to small sole proprietor businesses with claimed deductions less than $10,000. Sole proprietors must be able to use form C-EZ.

The VITA site also offers free electronic filing, savings bonds and the option to receive refunds via direct deposit onto a debit card. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program receive their refunds in much less time compared to returns filed on paper — even faster, when tax refunds are deposited directly into a bank account.

The service is available from late January through mid-April.


Individual and Family Eligibility

Individuals or families who earned $54,000 or less qualify for free tax assistance

Locations and Hours of Operation

The MultiService Center (Laurel) – starting date is January 27

  • Monday 4pm–8pm
  • Friday 10:30am–2:30pm
  • Saturday 10am–3pm
  • Schedule your appointment online or call 410-313-0241
    • Look for registration link to open mid-January

The NonProfit Collaborative (Columbia) – starting date is January 29th

When you come to the FREE tax location, bring the following

  • A Social Security card for each family member and photo ID for each tax payer
  • W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2017
  • Proof of health insurance, including a form 1095 A, B, or C if received
  • All tax forms for other income
  • Letter from child care provider with address, Tax ID number, name of child and amount paid
  • All banking account information (voided check and/or savings deposit slip) to direct deposit your refund
  • A copy of last year’s tax return
  • Any document or information about money from the IRS or Maryland
  • Any other tax related documents you received

Click here to download a Free Tax Preparation flyer.


Do you want to prepare your taxes yourself? If you earn less than $66,000 a year, click here to prepare them for free online.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tax preparer? Learn more about the opportunity by clicking here.