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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Free Tax Filing January to October 2020

free online Tax preparation

Individuals who wish to do their own taxes 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 $66,000 to file federal and state returns for free. Easy to use on your mobile device. This portal will remain active until October 2020.

Volunteer for VITA

Free Tax Preparation Volunteers Needed: 

Each year, the United Way and hundreds of volunteers help families and individuals who earn less than $60,000 annually file their taxes for free. Last tax season, the Free Tax Prep program (also known as VITA) helped more than 9,000 families receive over $11 million in refunds. With your help, we can grow that number. No prior experience required beyond the passion for wanting to help our community! We have opportunities for everyone. Volunteer roles include greeters, tax preparers, translators, and more. No experience necessary. All volunteers receive expert training. With over forty locations and various hours, schedules are flexible. Register and find more information at or contact Debi Linderholm at United Way California Capital Region (916) 856-3978.

VITA Free Tax Preparation Sites

Message from Mayor Steinberg about Free Tax Preparation.

Those with incomes of $60,000 or less for 2019 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 Cal EITC.

VITA free tax preparation will be available at the following City of Sacramento sites:

South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road
Dates of Service: January 28th to April 9th, 2020
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10 am to 12 pm
By appointment only. Please call 2-1-1 or (800) 500-4931. Electronic Filing Available.

Oak Park Community Center
3425 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Dates of Service:  March 6th - April 9th, 2020
Fridays and Thursday, 1:30 - 3 pm
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (800) 500-4931 for appointment.
Electronic filing available.

Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road
Dates of Service: January 31st to April 10th, 2020
Fridays, 10:00  a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (800) 500-4931.
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.
For weekday appointments/TCE/Seniors 60 or better Call: (916) 808-5462
For Saturday appointments/VITA/2019 income below $60,000 Call:  (916) 845-6758
Electronic filing available.
VITA and TCE services available.

What to Bring to Tax Sites

•Proof of identification (photo ID)
•Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
•An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
•Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
•Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
•Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
•Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
•Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
•A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
•Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check


For information about additional VITA and TCE Sites, contact 2-1-1 Sacramento: call 211 or (800) 500-4931 or visit: United Way California Capital Region