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Office of Community Action Programs

VITA/EITC (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Earned Income Tax Credit)

The Lafourche Parish Office of Community Action Agency (CAA) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program prepares free returns for low- to moderate-income individuals in the Lower and Central Lafourche areas who cannot afford professional services for the preparation of their Federal and State income taxes.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable Federal tax credit for eligible taxpayers who work, but do not earn high incomes. The EITC delivers billions of dollars to millions of low-income taxpayers—many of whom rely on the credit to lift them above the poverty line. OCA provides quality service to the people in Lafourche by assisting individuals in claiming allowable tax credits and various tax adjustments and deductions. Through electronic filing, taxpayers can receive funds within 7-10 days.

CAA-VITA offers:

  • Free preparation of basic Federal and State tax forms
  • Free E-Filing
  • Free Direct Deposit to your checking or savings account


  • The taxpayer must have earned income from employment or from self-employment.
  • The taxpayer’s filing status cannot be married filing separately.
  • The taxpayer must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year, or a nonresident alien married to a U.S. citizen or resident alien and filing a joint return.
  • The taxpayer cannot be a qualifying child of another person.
  • If the taxpayer does not have a qualifying child, he or she must:
    • Be age 25 but under 65 at the end of the year
    • Live in the US for more than half of the tax year, and
    • Not qualify as a dependent of another person.
  • The taxpayer, his or her spouse (filing jointly) and any qualifying child listed on Schedule EIC must have valid social security numbers issued by the Social Security Administration.

Volunteer Services
VITA training is free, and jobs include tax assistors, greeters and quality control checkers. Each volunteer tax assistor receives free tax and software training from the IRS. They earn their certification through a series of open-book tests. Greeters help clients fill out their intake forms and organize their papers. They also answer the telephones and help make appointments for tax help. The quality control checkers proofread tax forms with original documents to prevent filing errors.

To setup an appointment call the Lafourche Parish Office of Community Action at (985) 537-7603.

For more information on our Earn Income Tax Credit Program, click HERE to download the brochure.


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