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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Free Tax Filing January to April 2017

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. This software is available beginning mid-January 2017.

Volunteer for VITA

Become a 2017 VITA Volunteer.  Provide free tax assistance in the community. Learn to prepare taxes and make a difference at the same time. How can you make a difference? Simple. Help your community in preparing taxes free of charge by becoming a volunteer with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

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 $4 million in the pockets of residents by coordinating the VITA program. This success is only possible through a dedicated volunteer base.

The first trainings start in November.  Classroom or online training is required for all new volunteers. Classroom trainings require four days of training which are listed here.

Tax law updates, testing, and a Q&A will be available on December 3rd, 10th and January 14th only for volunteers who have completed training.


In 2015, the Coalition for Working Families trained and certified over 160 volunteers and surpassed all tax season expectations. Thank you to our generous volunteers! 

This year, we want reach even more families that need VITA! Please tell your friends, neighbors, family members, and co-workers that we need them to volunteer, too!

If you are bilingual in Spanish, Russian, Hmong, Vietnamese, Cantonese or other languages spoken in Sacramento, your help is especially needed for potential filers who have limited English proficiency.

For questions or more information, please contact Diana Clay at or call 916-368-3059.

Download the VITA Volunteer flyer here: 
VITA Volunteer Flyer

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 sites below are now closed, but will re-open in February 2017.  Schedule information is for 2017.

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. 

South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road
Dates of Service: February 7 - April 5 2017
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000.  Electronic Filing Available.

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.

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