Who is eligible

Clients for the Community Tax Assistance Program (TAP) must:

  • Be either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (LPR or green card holder) AND
  • Income of $35,000 or less for single individuals and $55,000 or less for families

TAP cannot prepare returns for anyone with:

  • Income from rental property
  • Form 1099-A (Acquisition or Abandonment of Secured Property)
  • Form 1099-C (Cancellation of Debt) for discharged debt other than credit card (Box 4)
  • Income earned outside Indiana

If you own your own business, TAP cannot prepare your return if you:

  • Had business expenses of more than $25,000
  • Did not use the cash method of accounting
  • Had an inventory at any time during the tax year
  • Had a net loss from the business
  • Had employees during the year
  • Were required to file Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization, for your business
  • Deduct expenses for the business use of your home

TAP clients are assisted at many different locations by Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College students, as well as faculty and local CPA volunteers, familiar with income tax preparation.

Additionally, the program provides limited on-site assistance to mobility impaired taxpayers unable to visit one of the TAP locations. During tax season (February through April 15), please call (574) 631- 1197 to request such help.