Tax Preparation

Valdosta, Tifton Goodwill offering free tax preparation providers

Goodwill is offer free tax preparation services to the Valdosta and Tifton communities as well as other Georgia locations.


Goodwill is preparing to help the community during tax season by offering free tax preparation services through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), an IRS-sponsored tax program.

For over 10 years, Goodwill has provided free tax prep services for the community through a partnership with the IRS. Through that partnership Goodwill recruits and trains volunteers to prepare current year tax returns, prior year tax returns and amendments for households that earn less than $57,000 annually. In 2021, Goodwill was recognized by the IRS with a “Champion of Support Award” for their continued community and partner impact through their free tax preparation services.

Goodwill will begin filing tax returns January 31, 2022 and will run through the end of tax season on April 18, 2022. Current year tax returns will be prepared during tax season, while prior year tax returns and amendments will be completed by appointment after April 18, 2022.

Goodwill is offering multiple ways to get your taxes done for free this tax season as they implement more convenient ways for individuals to file their taxes. Taxpayers will have the option to choose between traditional in-person appointments, quick and easy drop-off appointments, virtual tax services, or a “do it yourself” (DIY) option. No unscheduled walk-ins will be allowed this tax season.
All individuals are asked to call toll-free at 1-833-755-2179 to make a tax preparation appointment.

The health and safety of staff clients remain a priority individuals and who schedule in-person or drop-off appointments should expect increased sanitization of high-touch areas, social distancing, sneeze guard installations at the front desk and tax preparation stations. The wearing of masks is also encouraged.

Free tax services will be available at the following Goodwill locations:
• Midtown Columbus
• Opelika
• Phoenix City
• Newnan Thomas Crossroads
• La Grange
• Moultries
• Tinton
• Valdosta

Documents needed for tax filing include:
• Social security cards for yourself and all dependents
• W-2s for each job held in 2021 for each person in the household
• PhotoID
• Health insurance for 1095 A/B/C

For immediate release
January 26, 2022
• Form 6419 (letter defining your Advanced Child Tax Credit, if applicable)
• Form 1098 (mortgage statement, if applicable)
• Form 1444-C (statement for Economic Impact Payment #3, if applicable)
• Childcare expenses
• Last year’s tax returns
• Bank account information (for direct deposit)

To make an appointment, individuals can call toll-free at 1-833-755-2179 or visit for more information about available filing options.

About Goodwill Southern Rivers:

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers (GoodwillSR) is one of 156 independent, community-based Goodwill nonprofits across the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Columbus, Georgia, GoodwillSR serves 50 counties throughout East Alabama and West Georgia. We provide employment readiness training, computer access, educational assistance, skills workshops and more to track job placement and economic stability in the communities we serve. We can provide these and other programs thanks to the continued donations of giving patrons. We use the revenue generated in GoodwillSR stores to fund the majority of our community services. For more information about Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers, visit

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