Free tax assistance available at Seminole State through VITA program

Sunday, January 20, 2019
Written by: Seminole State Staff

Students, faculty and staff at Seminole State College of Florida as well as area residents can now receive free tax assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through the Heart of Florida United Way.   The program provides free income tax preparation to U.S. citizens or legal residents who make $66,000 or less.  

IRS-certified VITA volunteers can help with basic income tax preparation and electronic filing. Seminole State VITA sites are at the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary and Oviedo campuses through April 19. 

Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
UP building, Room 2103
The following Fridays from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Jan. 25
Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19

Oviedo Campus
Learning Resource Center (OVE-304A)
The following Fridays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jan. 25
Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19

Those interested in tax assistance should bring a photo ID; the Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for themselves, their spouse and children born before Dec. 31, 2017; income documents (W-2s and 1099 forms); bank account information or a blank check for direct deposit (if applicable); and a Health Care 1095A.

This free service is offered in collaboration with the Destination Graduation program through Heart of Florida United Way. For more information, visit, or email VITA site coordinators Joyce Deschner (Sanford/Lake Mary) or Pamela Duran (Oviedo).

About the Heart of Florida United Way

Our Mission: Heart of Florida United Way fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in Central Florida. 

Founded in 1939, Heart of Florida United Way is Central Florida’s largest supporter of local health and human service agencies. In 2016-2017, it managed more than $46 million dollars in total resources, including over $17.7 million raised during the annual campaign that helps fund nearly 60 local health and human service programs.

It also operates the United Way 2-1-1 Information and Assistance helpline, the EITC tax credit initiative, Mission United, Destination Graduation, the Volunteer Resource Center, the Gifts-in-Kind Center, the Ryan White Part B/General Revenue Program and Emergency & Homelessness Services.

United Way is focused on prevention and finding long-term solutions for pressing problems. Known as Investing in Results, this philosophy is guiding our work to move the needle in four critical impact areas: Education, Health, Financial Stability, and Basic Needs.

Visit for more information, or call 407.835.0900.