VITA Program

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is still open to assist residents with their Home Heating Tax Credit.  

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free tax service provided to low-to-moderate income households. Our team of volunteers are IRS trained and certified and will provide you with the highest quality return possible. The VITA program also helps families access the Home Heating Tax Credit and other credits that boost financial stability.  

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Home Heating Tax Credit 

This summer, VITA volunteers will be helping Genesee and Shiawassee County residents apply for the Michigan Home Heating Credit (HHC) before the HHC deadline of September 30, 2022. 

What is the Home Heating Credit? 

The Home Heating Credit is a way the State of Michigan helps you pay some of your heating expenses if you are a qualified Michigan homeowner or renter.  

Who qualifies for a Home Heating Credit? 

You may qualify for a home heating credit if all of the following apply: 

  • You own or were contracted to pay rent and occupied a Michigan homestead 
  • You were NOT a full-time student who was claimed as a dependent on another person’s return 
  • You did NOT live in college or university operated housing for the entire year 
  • You did NOT live in a licensed care facility for the entire year 

What is the deadline for the Home Heating Credit? 

The Home Heating Credit expires after the September 30th deadline and cannot be claimed afterwards. If you have not yet filed your 2021 tax return, please visit our VITA Intake Site (information below) for assistance with filing.

If you have already filed your 2021 tax return you most likely have already benefited from these credits.  

How can I learn more about the Home Heating Credit?

You can learn more about the Home Heating Credit, qualifications, definitions, and other frequently asked questions on the State of Michigan website

VITA Intake Site  

The Flint VITA site is open on Wednesdays for tax preparation and assistance with accessing the Home Heating Credit. This site is for intake only, meaning, residents will bring in their tax documents and drop them off with an intake specialist. The intake specialist will upload their documents to the virtual VITA site at MCC Workforce Development for preparation. No onsite tax preparation will take place while the taxpayer is present. For spouses filing jointly, both must be present for intake.

Location: 711 Saginaw Street (Lower Level), Flint 48502 

MTA Route: 2 ML King Avenue

Hours: Wednesdays, 10:00 – 2:00 PM 

What documents do I need to bring with me? 

  • Government issued photo identification for you and your spouse (if married) 
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse, and dependents 
  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse, and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number 
  • Birth dates for you, spouse, and/or dependents 
  • Wage and earning statement (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers) 
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) 
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received 
  • A copy of last year’s tax returns 
  • Letter 6419 – Advance Child Tax Credit Payments 
  • Letter 6475 – 2021 Economic Impact Payment 
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C Health Coverage Statements 
  • Information for all other income (Social Security, VA, etc.) and all deductions (tuition/education, mortgage interest, charitable contributions, etc.) 
  • Medical or HMO premiums paid for self or dependents 
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax ID number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number 
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check 
  • Summer and winter property tax bills for 2021 
  • Landlord’s name and address and proof of rent paid in 2021 
  • A heating bill from November, December, or January (The amount you were billed for heating your home from 11/1/2020 to 10/31/2021. This information should be on your November, December, or January utility bill. If you cannot find it, contact your heat provider.) 

IRS Intake Form- English or IRS Intake Form - Espanol 

State of Michigan Intake Form

Volunteer Opportunities with VITA

With tax season just around the corner, we are looking for volunteers to assist local residents with completing their 2022 tax returns. If you are interested in learning how to complete federal and state tax returns and volunteering to help in your community, please contact Mary Bishop at mbishop@unitedwaygenesee.og