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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Free Tax Filing January to October 2019

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 2019.

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 2018 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 has concluded at the following sites:

South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road
Dates of Service: May 14 &18, June 11 & 15, July 9 &13, August 13 &17, September 10 &14
2nd Tuesday and following Saturday. (2018 and prior year's taxes completed.)
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:  July 17 and August 21, 2019:  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

By appointment. Please call 2-1-1 or (916) 498-1000 for appointment.
Electronic filing available.  (2018 and prior year's taxes completed.)

Pannell/Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road
Dates of Service: February 1 to April 5, 2019
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.
For weekday appointments/TCE/Seniors 60 or better Call: (916) 808-5462
For Saturday appointments/VITA/2018 income below $60,000 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)
  • 2017 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