Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Free Tax Prep Assitance - MakingChange

If you’re unsure how to do your taxes, have specific questions, or want to be sure you’re completing the forms correctly, MakingChange can guide you.

You’re eligible to meet with one of our IRS-certified volunteers if you earn $57,000 or less annually. It’s a great alternative to companies that charge you for advice, not just because our help is free but also because we make it a personal experience. Our volunteers spend time with you to learn about your specific tax situation, and with a one-on-one connection they can provide customized assistance.

Preparing your taxes can be confusing, so we offer guidance in plain language that’s easy to understand. We’re going to make you feel comfortable that you are filing your taxes accurately and even can help you if you haven’t filed in a while or if you owe back taxes. Clients trust us and come back year after year. So do our volunteers, because they love what they do.

VITA Site Closed as of May 17th

After completing another successful tax season, the MakingChange Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site is closed as of May 17, 2021.  We will provide updates on when the site will reopen this fall.  

Don’t forget! The Federal tax return due date was May 17, 2021 and the State of Maryland tax return due date is July 15, 2021.  If you think that you will not be able to submit your completed tax return by these due dates, we recommend contacting a tax professional who can help you apply for an extension.  You can find additional information about filing an extension on the IRS website.

If you are still in need of tax assistance services, below are some resources you can reach out to:

 If you have other questions about the VITA program with MakingChange, Inc. and/or are interested in volunteering for next tax season, please send us an email at 

Alternate Locations:

University of Maryland College Park VITA
7621 Mowatt Lane
College Park, MD., 20740

Bain 50+ Center
AARP Foundation Tax Aide
5470 Ruth Keeton Way
Columbia, MD., 21044

East Columbia 50+ Center
AARP Foundation Tax Aide
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD., 21045

What you should be prepared to provide to a Tax Preparer:

I have always enjoyed the challenge of preparing my own taxes each year. In 2011, I started volunteering at VITA with MakingChange and helping families in Howard County complete their tax forms. It is such a win-win and a delight to see the smiles and appreciation of our VITA clients as this yearly task is finished.

- Tom Burtzlaff, VITA volunteer

Learn more about our free tax preparation services by
calling us at (443) 518-7647 or completing our Contact form.

Please visit this page in December for information about scheduling an appointment with one of our volunteers.

Would you like to become a volunteer? Learn about volunteering with MakingChange.