Virtual Tax Preparation on Tuesdays
Thank you for making an appointment to have your 2021 tax return prepared by UMBC VITA in our Virtual process. If you have not made an appointment, please do so by calling 410-234-8008.
In order to use the Virtual preparation process, clients must have an appropriate level of technology available. These include:
- Internet access,
- a device with a camera so the tax preparer can verify photo ID,
- Webex capability either via a browser or app,
- TaxesToGo free app installed on a smartphone,
- comfortability with virtual meetings, and
- an email address for the taxpayer (and a different email address for spouse, if applicable).
If you do not have these capabilities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be shifted to an in-person appointment.
The first step in preparing for your appointment is to complete and submit the online Virtual Consent form. This form is required by the IRS and we are not allowed to do anything for your tax preparation until it is signed. By clicking on the Virtual Consent form link, you’ll see a screen for your name and email address. If you will file your return with your spouse, enter the name and a different email for your spouse on this screen. Click submit then check your email. You’ll have an email from DocuSign (and your spouse, if applicable) and you should click on “Review Document” to open the Virtual Consent form. Make sure that you (and spouse, if applicable) receive an email from DocuSign that says you completed the form.
If you will be using the filing status of Married Filing Joint, your spouse must also sign the form via DocuSign. Your spouse MUST have a different email address than you do. If both spouses share one email address on this form, UMBC VITA is unable to prepare your tax return.
If any of the virtual requirements are problematic, please email VITA@UMBC.edu to shift to an in person appointment.
You should collect the below items prior to your appointment and upload all of them via the TaxesToGo free smartphone application:
- A social security card for EACH family member
- Every taxpayer must bring their picture ID
- W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2021. UMBC VITA only prepares tax returns for tax year 2021.
- Bank routing and account number to direct deposit your refund. Voided checks work best. Refunds may be placed in more than one account
- Child care provider name, address, and tax ID number
- A copy of last year’s tax return may be needed
- Any document or information about money you have received from the IRS or Maryland
- All 1099 forms for other income, if any
- Any other tax related documents you have received
- Form 1095-A if you received the Premium Tax Credit to help pay health insurance
- Any information about your stimulus checks and/or Advanced Child Tax Credit payments, please bring a IRS letter, or look in other records to determine how much you received
Complete answer all questions in the TaxesToGo app. You are finished when you see this image:
Next you’ll fill out an informational form called the 13614-C Intake/Interview & Quality Review Sheet. Please complete this form at least 24 hours prior to your Virtual appointment. The form typically takes 20 minutes to complete. Failure to complete this form in advance may require us to reschedule your appointment for another day.
Log into webex at the date/time of your appointment. There is NOT a call in option; you must join the webex meeting via a browser or device application. You will not be reminded or contacted on the date/time of your appointment. Once you are in the webex virtual meeting, you and your volunteer tax preparer will be placed into a private virtual room to discuss and prepare your tax return.
The tax preparer will prepare your tax return then a second volunteer will check it (called Quality Review). The tax preparer will walk you through all the information on your return because the accuracy of the tax return is your responsibility. Once you are satisfied with the content, you’ll sign via the TaxesToGo smartphone app giving permission for the return to be electronically filed with the IRS and Maryland Comptroller.