Brighton Center

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Individuals and families receive the tools needed to gain financial control of their future.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service is a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, and Brighton Center which allows us to offer free income tax preparation in Newport, Florence, and Grant County during the tax return season. Additionally, in the off season free tax preparation is available by appointment only.

Why We Do It

This valuable service helps residents claim Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits and avoid costly commercial tax preparation fees. It is estimated that 1 in 5 families are eligible for the EITC who do not receive it. In 2016, we served 616 households, generating $777,842 in tax refunds and saving an estimated $200 per return or $123,000 in total filing fees for customers.

Volunteers Are Needed! 

  • Join this effort to offer free tax preparation to low and moderate income residents of Northern Kentucky by offering free, quality tax service
  • No previous experience is necessary
  • Free IRS training and certification is provided to all of our volunteers. Not only will you be giving back as a volunteer – you’ll learn a valuable skill which can be added to your resume.
  • Tax Professionals and C.P.A.’s can earn CEU credits for their volunteer work and students can earn Pro Bono / Community Service hours.
  • If interested in volunteering, contact Sharon Carr at (859) 491-8303, Ext. 2326. or


Brighton Center VITA Site Locations:

Center of Employment Training- Brighton Center
610 Washington Ave, Suite 140, Newport, KY 41071
Saturdays, January 28th-April 15th, 9am-2pm. Walk-in. (Last customer accepted at 1PM)
No appointment necessary; first come first served; site may fill up prior to end of shift.
Numbers served depends on volunteer availability.

Kentucky Career Center Florence- Brighton Center
8020 Veterans Memorial Drive, Florence, KY 41042
Thursdays, February 2nd-March 2nd, 4pm-8pm. Walk-in. (Last customer accepted at 7 PM)
No appointment necessary; first come first served; site may fill up prior to end of shift.
Numbers served depends on volunteer availability.

Grant County Career Advancement Center- Brighton Center
2020 Taft Highway, Dry Ridge, KY 41035
Wednesdays, February 1st-April 12th, 1pm-6pm (last appointment at 5pm).
Numbers served depends on volunteer availability.

File Online for Free

Comfortable with computers?
Earn less than $64,000?
MyFreeTaxes is an easy, safe, secure, free online tool for filing federal and state taxes.
Help Line for MyFreeTaxes Users: 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435)
Available for 2016 taxes in January 2017.
MyFreeTaxes provides free state and federal tax preparation for qualified individuals.  MyFreeTaxes will be available at all Brighton Center VITA sites in 2017. 

For More Information contact:
Sharon Carr
VITA Specialist
(859) 491-8303 Ext. 2326