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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Free Tax Filing Will Be Available January - October 2016

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, United Way Worldwide and Goodwill. Income limit is $62,000 to file federal and state returns for free. This software is available through October 15, 2016.

VITA Free Tax Preparation Sites

Those with incomes of $54,000 or less for 2015 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.

New! - VITA Free Tax Preparation Extended to September 2016

Free tax preparation services will re-open Tuesday, June 21st, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, and Saturday, June 25th, also from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Additional dates will be July 5 & 9, August 2 & 6, September 6 & 10 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Location:  Goodwill Industries, 8001 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826. Plenty of free parking is available. Volunteers will be preparing returns for those who fall within the scope of the VITA program. Volunteers will be able to prepare tax returns for tax years 2012 thru 2015.  Contact: Diana Clay, Volunteer, 916-368-3059 or diana.clay@uwccr.org  to make an appointment.

The sites below are now closed.

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 2 to April 6
Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000 or use the online scheduler  Electronic Filing Available.
New Service - Drop Off Tax Preparation: Drop off your tax information at South Natomas Community Center on Tuesdays between 10:00am and 1:00pm, complete an interview,  then come back the next day to pick up the completed returns. The last day for drop off is April 5, 2016. Questions? Contact Diana Clay:  Diana.Clay@uwccr.org  or call:  (916) 368-3059.

Pannell/Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road
Dates of Service: February 4 - April 8 
Thursday, Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000 or use the online scheduler.
Electronic filing available.

New Service - Drop Off Tax Preparation: Drop off your tax information at Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center on Thursdays between 10:00am and 1:00pm, complete an interview, then come back the next day to pick up the completed returns. The last day for drop off is April 7, 2016. Questions? Contact Diana Clay:  Diana.Clay@uwccr.org or call:  (916) 368-3059.

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)
  • 2014 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