Due to COVID-19, VITA Tax Preparation sites are being suspended until April 2nd. In the meantime, clients may use MFT (myfreetaxes.com) to complete basic tax returns.

Each tax season United Way Emerald Coast partners with the IRS and offers FREE tax preparation to members of the local community with low to moderate income. This years’ tax season runs from January through April 15, 2020 and we are here to help you get your taxes filed quick, easy and FREE with the following options below. 

MAXIMIZE YOUR MONEY by filing your taxes for FREE!

  • MyFreeTaxes: File your own taxes online anywhere, anytime, with a robust support page for assistance. Most filers complete their taxes in less than an hour.  COMPLETELY FREE!  NO INCOME LIMITATIONS!  (Schedules C, D, or E are not available). 
  • In Person: Go to one of our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites below and have an IRS-certified volunteer prepare your taxes who specialize in Earned Income and Child Tax Credit, Deductions and Affordable Care Act. This free option applies to anyone who earned less than $56K in 2019.

Call one of our sites for an appointment:

Goodwill Easterseals
913 Beal Parkway NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL
By appointment only: Wed & Fri, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
POC: Caroline Dixon at 850-659-7188

Caterpillar 2 Butterfly Outreach Center
619 Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton Beach, FL
By appointment only: Mon-Fri, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
POC: Tracy Orr or Rachel Robinson at 850-301-0230

UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa County
3098 Airport Rd, Crestview, FL
By appointment only: Mon, 5:00 pm -7:30 pm (Feb 4 – Apr 11)
POC: Jill Breslawski at 850-689-5850

UF/IFAS Extension Walton County
732 N. 9th St (Hwy 83 N), DeFuniak Springs, FL
By appointment only: Thurs, 5:00 pm -7:30 pm (Feb 4 – Apr 11)
POC: Jill Breslawski at 850-892-8172

Facilitated Self-Assist (FSA)

If you don’t have a computer, use one of our partner computer kiosks with an IRS-certified volunteer available to assist, as needed. NO INCOME LIMITATION. Walk-ins are accepted on a first come first serve basis and must be at the site one hour before closing.

Goodwill Easterseals
913 Beal Parkway NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
POC: Caroline Dixon at 850-659-7188

Walton County Housing Agency
63 BoPete Manor Road, DeFuniak Springs, FL
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
POC: Kerri Aplin at 850-892-8185

Fresh Start
8 Bobolink Street NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Hours: Mon and Tues, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
POC: Mary Wilson at 850-243-5648

Learn more about FSA and how your business can have a FSA site for their employees and customers, CLICK HERE      


What should you have to file your Income Tax Return? See detailed list here: 

  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security cards for all persons listed on return 
  • Birth Dates all persons listed on return 
  • All income statements: W-2 & 1099
  • Last year’s return, if available
  • Bank routing & account numbers for direct deposit
  • Child Care Info; name/address/SSN or Employer ID Number
  • Both spouses need to sign forms to e-file a joint tax
  • Forms 1095-A, B and C, Health Coverage Statements
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received

For more information about the program or to volunteer, contact Caroline Dixon at VITA@united-way.org or 850-467-1484.