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 2018, we served 745 households, generating over $1,000,000 in tax refunds and saving an estimated $250 per return or $186,000 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 2019 will be hosting two post season filing days located at 799 Ann St. Newport, KY 41071 in the 3rd Floor Conference Room.

Have your state and federal returns prepared and filed by an IRS certified volunteer. Free for anyone earning less than $64,000.

What to Bring

  • For married filing joint, both spouses must be present
  • All Forms W-2 and 1099
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices/cards for you, your spouse, and/or dependents
  • Proof of identification for yourself and/or your spouse
  • Total paid to daycare provider and their tax ID number
  • Birth dates for you, spouse and or dependents on the return
  • Proof of foreign status if applying for ITIN
  • Proof of Health Insurance - Forms 1095-A, B or C (Affordable Health Care Statements)
  • For prior years or returns, copies of income transcripts from IRS (and state, if applicable)

Brighton Center VITA Site Locations:

Center of Employment Training- Brighton Center

601 Washington Ave, Suite 140, Newport, KY 41071

Saturdays, January 26th-April 13th, 9am-2pm. Walk-in registration starts at 8:30 am and the last customer accepted at 1PM or when site reaches capacity for the day.

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, January 31st – April 11th, 4pm-8pm. Walk-in registration starts at 3:00 pm and last customer accepted at 7 PM or when the site reaches capacity for the day.

No appointment necessary; first come first served; site may fill up prior to end of shift.

Numbers served depends on volunteer availability.

NKU Grant County Center- Brighton Center

390 N. Main St., Williamstown, KY 41097

Wednesdays, January 30th -April 10th, 1pm-6pm (last appointment at 5pm). Appointment only, Walk-ins accepted based on availability.

Numbers served depends on volunteer availability.

File Online for Free

Comfortable with computers?
Earn less than $66,000?
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 2017 taxes in January 2018.
MyFreeTaxes provides free state and federal tax preparation for qualified individuals. MyFreeTaxes will be available at all Brighton Center VITA sites in 2018.

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