We provide free tax assistance if you’re income eligible and meet a few other requirements. For instance, in 2018, you qualified if you earned under $54,000 that year. We encourage you to contact us to see if you qualify.


CAAS provides low and medium income Somerville area residents with free electronic Federal and Massachusetts State tax preparation.

We also provide these services to people with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. In fact, services are available in many languages.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. That includes the Massachusetts Senior Circuit Breaker tax credit, which allows taxpayers age 65 or older who own or rent residential property in Massachusetts a credit relating to the amount of real estate taxes paid on the property.

Our VITA volunteers are IRS-certified annually and are trained to assist you in finding all the tax credits you deserve—including those you may not have known you were even eligible for.

This program is available at our offices located at 66-70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143.

* Tax services available by appointment only. Please call us at 617-623-7370 to schedule a consultation.


What you need to bring


  • Valid Government Issued Photo ID

  • Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer ID Letter (ITIN) for you, your dependents and/or your spouse

  • Proof of health insurance (health insurance cards, 1099-HC, 1095-A, etc.) for taxpayer, spouse, and all dependents (Taxpayers who have received or expect to receive health insurance credits need to bring proof of ALL household income.)


  • All 1099 forms – 1099G (unemployment), 1099R (pension payments), 1099INT (bank interest), 1099SSA (Social Security)

  • All W2 forms from all jobs for 2018

  • Total child care expenses in 2018, and child care provider’s name, address, and Employer Identification Number (EIN) or SSN

  • All 1098T forms (tuition payments), receipts for materials and books and bursar statement

  • Total student loan interest paid (1098E)

  • A copy of last year’s tax return

  • Bank issued printed account and routing numbers for direct deposit of your tax refund

  • Proof of ANY deductible out of pocket expenses (annual BWSC, 1098E, charitable receipts, etc.)

  • Any mail from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue

  • Any mail from the IRS

Without all documents, we cannot complete your tax returns.




Spend a few hours a week providing free tax preparation assistance to low to moderate income families in your community—and make all the difference. Your training is free, and you’ll become an IRS-certified tax preparer, thanks to the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

TO BECOME A VITA VOLUNTEER TAX PREPARER, contact CAAS’ Human Resources Manager Janet Grogan at 617-623-7370 or email us at info@caasomerville.org.

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR FREE TAX PREPARATION, contact CAAS at 617-623-7370 or info@caasomerville.org.