Tax Preparation Program

Do you need assistance filing your income taxes? Do you want to know if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit? We can help.

Overview-Tax Program

Capstone Community Action can assist Vermonters with filing their Federal and State income tax returns.  We can serve taxpayers who had income in 2016 of up to $54,000. We also assist those who only need to file a Vermont Renter's Rebate or Homestead Declaration.

For the 2015 tax year, we filed tax returns for over 1,200 Vermont families through our six Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

We are now gearing up for the 2016 tax filing season and we will begin filing taxes for the public starting in February 2017. We will have volunteer tax preparers in our Capstone office and the Aldrich Public Library in Barre, Bradford Library, Corinth Library, Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, The VFW in Morrisville, Brown Library in Northfield, Capstone Community Action office in Randolph, Vermont Law School in South Royalton, and Evergreen Place in Waitsfield.  A complete schedule with days and times is available on the VITA Tax Season Schedule tab.

Want to prepare and file your own taxes?  Go to:  No charge for those earning $64,000 or less, and a nominal fee for those who earn more.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Capstone has been preparing tax returns for lower income central Vermonters for nearly 25 years. Dedicated staff and volunteer tax preparers will help you electronically file your federal and state taxes and ensure that you receive your Earned Income Tax and Child Care Tax Credits if you qualify. This year’s VITA program is supported by the Internal Revenue Service and Capstone Community Action.

For more information and to find out if VITA is right for you, email or call our VITA tax info line at 802-477-5148.

Please note that if you are married, filing jointly, you and your spouse must both be present at the VITA site at the time your tax returns are being prepared.

FOR ELIGIBLE TAX PAYERS. All filers with 2016 annual income up to $54,000 are eligible.

Please see below for the full schedule of dates/times/locations for 2017 VITA tax preparation:


Please review the following list and bring to the tax preparation site the items that apply to your situation:



Contact Us at the Tax Preparation Program

For questions about our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, contact or call our Tax Line at 802-477-5148.



Do you want to volunteer to prepare taxes? Capstone needs you!

This tax season, Capstone is once again teaming with the IRS to be a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and we are actively recruiting volunteers to prepare and file 2016 tax returns for income-eligible central Vermonters.

No experience is necessary; orientation and training are offered in the months of December and January. We supply all of the materials and equipment for you to become an IRS-certified VITA volunteer. You gain a great skill while helping your community!

Volunteer commitment time is based on your schedule and availability, including at least one experienced preparer per shift. Typically, volunteer tax preparers spend approximately one day per week (4 hours), during the months of February through April at a Casptone tax site location they choose,   

If you are interested in this great opportunity to engage with your community, look no further than Capstone’s VITA program. Contact our tax progam coordinator, Laura Sudhoff, at or 802-477-5176 for more information.

VITA 2017 Tax Season Schedule

Our 2017 Tax Season schedule is now available --see below.

Our filing service includes both Federal and State returns and is free to all taxpayers whose income in 2016 was up to $54,000. We can also file for folks who only need a Renter's Rebate or Homestead Declaration.  Our VITA volunteers are IRS-trained and certified. We use IRS-specified computer software to prepare your return. You then have the choice of having us e-file your returns or to print out the forms for you to mail. Likewise, you may elect to recieve your refund electronically to your bank or by check.

Looking to Save Money?  Consider splitting your tax return between your checking account and savings account!  It's easy--you provide your account numbers and bank or credit union routing numbers, decide on an amount you want deposited to your savings, and we will enter the information on the proper tax form.

Before coming in to have your tax returns prepared, please be sure you have all the required documents. All filers will need to present a photo ID for all adults on the return and Social Security cards for all people (including dependents) listed on the tax return. If married filing jointly, both spouses will need to sign the returns. See below for a complete list of items (some may not apply to your situation).  And don't forget your checking and savings account numbers and routing numbers if you want direct deposit.

Please note, the BARRE site is closed Tuesday, March 7, 2017, Town Meeting Day.



Save Some, Spend Some-Make the Most of Your 2016 Tax Return!

Many Americans look forward to tax time because it's an opportunity to use refunds to get ahead by prepaying for larger expenses, paying down existing debt, and purchasing goods that they otherwise are unable to afford during the year. It's also a great time for households to build an emergency savings account or make a deposit to a retirement account. This year, Capstone is encouraging all tax payers to deposit a portion of their refund into a savings account or a retirement account. Just think, 30-40-30!  30% to pay past debt, 40% for current use, and 30% for your future savings!

  • If you have just a checking account, ask your bank or credit union to open a savings account that you can use to save part of your tax return, or call Capstone's Liz Scharf at 477-5215 or for recommendations on low-cost starter savings accounts.
  • Not sure where to start with a retirement account? Consider the myRA, the U.S. Treasury-backed retirement savings--it's Simple, Safe, and Affordable. It takes only minutes to open on-line or by calling 855-406-6972 
  • Bring your savings account number and financial institution's routing number, OR your myRA account number and routing number to a Capstone VITA site and we will set up the split deposit of your tax refund.

Let the 2016 tax season be your opportunity to jump start your financial future!


Watch Laura and Liz talk about tax time on Fox44/ABC22!

Laura Sudhoff, Tax Program Coordinator, and Liz Scharf, Savings and Credit Program Coordinator, talk about filing taxes and the importance of saving a portion of your refund at tax time.


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