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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.

Drop off your taxes!

In addition to the locations that offer in-person tax preparation, we also have 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.

2018 Tax Return Season

This year, the 2018 tax return season starts January 29th, 2019. 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

Get ready to Split, Save, and Win!

The Split, Save, and Win! sweepstakes is open to all VITA participants who choose to save a portion of their income tax refund in a variety of ways. It’s quick, it’s easy, and every little bit puts you closer to your financial goal! Split, Save, and Win! participants will be eligible to win $50 weekly prizes as well as a $1,000 grand prize! No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

2019 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
425 E Plaza
(870) 816-2960
Tues-Thurs: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (by appointment)
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (as needed)

208 Ash Street
(501) 337-4944
Tues-Thurs: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


875 South State Street
(662) 624-5776
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
(501) 865-2909

2943 South Highway
(870) 355-8585

502 E Main Street
(870) 353-2527

210 N Main Street
(870) 853-5222

Hot Springs
2212 Malvern Ave Ste 1
(501) 627-0660

Helena-West Helena
425 E Plaza
(870) 816-2960

Hot Springs
4138 Central Ave
(501) 525-1114

319 N Baltimore St
(870) 561-4427

362 Hwy 463 North
(870) 483-6333


108 Main Street
(662) 745-6604

215 S Broadway Street
(662) 334-1898

1686 Mississippi 1
(662) 378-8954

970 Byhalia
(662) 429-9973

323 Hwy 82 E
(870) 816-2960

1888 Main Street, Ste D
(601) 898-0315

9 E Lakeshore Dr
(601) 799-4320

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
  • 2017 Tax Returns
  • Account info for depositing your 2018 refund
  • 1095A (ACA Statement)

If you don’t live in or near one of these areas listed above, please visit the IRS website or 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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