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vitaFree Tax Preparation

Southern Bancorp and Southern Bancorp Community Partners, in partnership with the IRS, offer free tax filing services each year during tax season through our IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to income-eligible individuals and families. Certified volunteers at selected Southern Bancorp branches throughout Arkansas and Mississippi help find little known tax breaks, and encourage savings.

New this year: more drop off locations!

In addition to the 12 locations that offer in-person tax preparation, we also have new drop off only locations. It’s never been easier to do your taxes. No appointment needed: simply drop off all your paperwork. Your taxes will be prepared by a certified volunteer, and then we will call you to pick them up when they are finished.

2017 Tax Return Season

This year, the 2017 tax return season starts January 29th, 2018. The VITA program offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less. Tax credits for which you might be eligible:

  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Education Credit
  • Job Search Expenses

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2018 Official Split, Save, and Win! Rules

Where to Get Your Taxes Done

Search Drop Off, In Person, or both to find your nearest VITA location.

Free Tax Prep: Drop Off – bring in all the required documents (listed below) and drop-off your taxes to be prepared by a certified volunteer. Once the preparation is completed, you will be notified. Come in to review, sign, and file your taxes.

Free Tax Prep: In-Person – call the branch to make an appointment with the tax preparer. During the appointment, you and the tax preparer will prepare, review, sign and file your taxes. In-person locations also have the drop off method available. Call for more information. A full list of locations below.

Free Tax Prep: In Person



601 Main Street

(870) 246-5811

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


120 S. Second St

(870) 780-1147

Mon-Fri: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

El Dorado

2421 North West Avenue

(870) 875-6012

Tues-Thurs: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Helena-West Helena

502 Cherry Street

(870) 816-1126

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sat. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (by appointment)

Hot Springs

2212 Malvern Ave, Suite 1

(501) 627-0660

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (appointment only)


208 Ash Street

(501) 337-4944

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


362 Hwy 463 North

(870) 483-6333

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-4 p.m



875 South State Street

(662) 624-5776

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


1686 Mississippi 1

(662) 378-8954

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


507 Highway 82 East

(662) 887-9520

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


117 West Floyce Street

(662) 756-4343

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


400 Second Ave

(662) 398-5161

Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Free Tax Prep: Drop Off



6764 Arkansas 7



2943 South Highway



502 E Main Street



210 N Main Street



319 N Baltimore




108 Main Street



215 S Broadway Street



970 Byhalia



1888 Main Street, Suite D


What to bring:

  • Social Security cards for you and your dependents
  • Picture ID (e.g., your driver’s license)
  • All W-2 forms
  • Forms 1099-MISC (if applicable)
  • Interest income (from your bank)
  • Forms 1098-T (out-of-pocket college payment)
  • Forms 1098 (Mortgage Interest payment)
  • Proof of day care payment from your provider
  • Statement of charitable/church contributions
  • 2016 Tax Returns
  • Account info for depositing your 2016 refund
  • 1095A (ACA Statement)

If you don’t live in or near one of these areas listed above, please visit the IRS website to find a VITA site near you or call 1.800.829.1040.

Have more questions?

Contact us at (800) 789-3428 or online below:

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