Free Tax Prep And Filing Available For Macomb County Veterans

Clinton Twp., MI - Macomb County Veterans Services has partnered with Macomb Community Action and the Accounting Aid Society to offer free tax help for local veterans and low-income individuals and families through its IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Services will be available through July 15, 2020.

“The spread of COVID-19 compelled the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to extend the tax filing deadline into July,” said Laura Rios, chief veterans services officer, Macomb County Veterans Services. “We are just weeks away from that date, so now is the time to seek preparation and filing assistance. And if you need help, our program can provide it.”

The tax program is offered annually and typically serves about 1,500 people. Individuals can qualify for help if they meet the following criteria: 

  • Their income is less than $55,000
  • They do not have business income with employees
  • They do not have K-1 forms
  • They do not have corporate returns
No appointment is necessary. Qualified individuals can visit a VITA site for free assistance during the following dates and times:
  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Verkuilen Building (21885 Dunham Rd, Suite 4, Clinton Township)
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Macomb County Family Resource Center (196 North Rose Street, Mount Clemens, in the back of the building)
Individuals must bring the following the documents with them:
  • Identification
    • Valid driver’s license or state ID for each adult on the return
    • Social Security card for each adult and child on the return
  • Income documentation
    • All W-2s
    • All 1099s
    • DHHS assistance (annual statement)
    • Child support (annual statement)
    • Alimony amounts received
    • Letter from Social Security for SSI Income
    • 1095 for marketplace medical insurance and employer insurance
  • Proof of expenses 
    • Any and all childcare expenses
    • Property tax statement
    • Mortgage interest statement
    • Monthly rent amount (if applicable)
    • January gas bill for heating credit
    • Student loan interest or tuition and course materials
    • Itemized car insurance policy that shows PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage
  • Direct deposit information
    • Bank routing number and account number, checking or savings (debit cards do not have this information on them but past checks do)
  • Past year’s completed tax returns
For more information, or if you prefer to schedule an appointment, call 586-463-2537.