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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Free Tax Filing January to October 2017

 Help People File Their Taxes - Your help is needed! Together we can make sure that working families throughout Sacramento are able to keep their hard-earned money.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) helps bring back millions of dollars to working families in our community by providing free tax assistance for low and moderate income households. Last year, the Coalition for Working Families helped keep more than $6 million in the pockets of residents by coordinating the VITA program. This success is only possible through a dedicated volunteer base. In 2016, the Capital Region VITA Coalition trained and certified nearly 270 volunteers and surpassed all tax season expectations, but still fell short serving all the Sacramento families that needed VITA services. We simply need more volunteers. Please tell your friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers that we need them to volunteer, too! Classroom or online training is required for all new volunteers and begins in November. For more information and to sign up, visit:  http://yourlocalunitedway.org/vitavolunteers

free online Tax preparation

Individuals who wish to do their own taxes without assistance may utilize the Special Portal for the City of Sacramento. This site allows taxpayers to complete federal and up to 2 state returns for free, electronically file and have their refund directly deposited into their checking and savings accounts. This service is provided through the City of Sacramento City-wide Volunteer Program in partnership with MyFreeTaxes and United Way Worldwide. Income limit is $64,000 to file federal and state returns for free. Mobile enabled. This portal will remain active until October 2017.

VITA Free Tax Preparation Sites

Those with incomes of $54,000 or less for 2016 qualify for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). VITA volunteers will help prepare federal and state taxes. It is possible to also qualify for additional credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Care Credit, and more, which could increase the refund amount. Tax filers may also qualify for the new Cal EITC.

The following Community Centers and sites will have volunteers available to provide free tax preparation. To make an appointment please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000. 

This site will remain open to September 2017:

South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road
Dates of Service: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19,  2017
3rd Tuesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000.  Electronic Filing Available for current and prior year returns.

These sites are now closed:

Pannell/Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road
Dates of Service: February 9 - April 7, 2017 
Thursdays and  Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000 .
Electronic filing available.

Oak Park Community Center (e-bus) - New - Drop-in Service Available

3425 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Dates of Service:  February 14 & 15, 2017

Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

By appointment or drop-in.  Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000 for appointment.

Electronic filing available.

The Hart Senior Center serves as a VITA site as well as a Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site.

Hart Senior Center
915 27th Street
By appointment only. Call: (916) 808-5462
Electronic filing available.
VITA and TCE services available

What to Bring to Tax Sites

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Social Security cards for all persons on your tax return
  • W2 (for all jobs worked)
  • 2015 Income Tax Return, if available
  • 1099-G for Unemployment payments
  • 1099-INT for any bank interest you earned
  • Statement from your mortgage company (if applicable)
  • If filing jointly, your spouse must be with you
  • 1095-A for ACA medical coverage information

For information about additional VITA and TCE Sites, contact  2-1-1 Sacramento : call (916) 498-1000, or call 211 or visit: United Way California Capital Region