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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Free Tax Filing January to October 2018

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 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. A free helpline offering tax answers and system support  is offered through the software provider.  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 2018.

VITA Free Tax Preparation Sites

Those with incomes of $54,000 or less for 2017 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.

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.

These sites will open January/February 2018.  Appointments may be made beginning mid-January.

South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road
Dates of Service: January 30 to April 5, 2018
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 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 2 to April 6, 2018
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)
3425 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Dates of Service: February 13 & 14, 2018
Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000 for appointment.
Electronic filing available.

Hagginwood Community Center (e-bus)
3271 Marysville Blvd.
Date of Service: March 5, 2018
Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 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.
For weekday appointments/TCE/Seniors Call: (916) 808-5462
For Saturday appointments/VITA/2017 income below $54,000 Call:  (916) 845-4516
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)
  • 2016 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