The Forsyth Free Tax program provides free tax preparation for low to moderate income families.
VITA volunteers are IRS-certified preparers, using approved software for return preparation. VITA sites file most simple returns, however please check to make sure you qualify. If you have any question about whether your tax return can be filed at a VITA site, please contact ESR’s Forsyth Free Tax Team – (336) 722-9400 x164.
Traditionally, tax preparation sites are available throughout Winston-Salem and Forsyth County during tax season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only two sites will be open. However, we are also offering our Drop Off and Virtual VITA services in addition to these two sites.
As COVID-19 continues to surge across the nation, we have made significant changes in our program in order to protect the health and safety of our volunteers and clients. Because we have significantly fewer volunteers this year, we are asking that all taxpayers wishing to avail themselves of the sites above prepare their documents prior to their appointments. This will significantly improve our ability to serve you, and our other clients.
You will need to:
The Robert Strickland Center at Forsyth Technical Community College (FTCC)
Experiment in Self Reliance (ESR)
*Note: Dates have been adjusted to reflect the tax season start dates from the IRS. For more information, click here.
If you’d like the convenience and safety of dropping off your tax return for preparation, you will need to follow the instructions above (Prepare For Your Appointment). You can pick up the information packet at either the ESR or the FTTC site. You will also need one additional form, the Virtual VITA/TCE Taxpayer Consent form, found here. You may drop off your tax return documents at either of the VITA sites. We will make copies of your vital documents (ID, SS cards) and return the originals at the time you drop off your tax documents. We will contact you when it’s time to sign your forms.
PLEASE NOTE: We CANNOT prepare your tax return if you do not provide ALL of the needed documents, including the consent form and the intake form!