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VITA Program

Tax Preparation Services

  • The waitlist for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program has now closed. We apologize for the limited availability due to the pandemic and we hope to return next year in full capacity. 

 

Should you have a need to file your taxes, we encourage you to use the link below. The link is completely FREE to use.

My Free Taxes

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MyFreeTaxes helps people file their federal and state taxes for free, and it's brought to you by the United Way.

Certain MyFreeTaxes services may be limited until January. If you need immediate tax assistance, choose our With Assistance option or call 211.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program is an IRS initiative designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved through various partner organizations. This service helps low- to moderate-income individuals, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English speakers file their taxes each year. IRS awards matching funds to these support organizations that offer free tax preparation services during the tax filing season at locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals.

The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:

  • People who generally make $57,000 or less

  • Persons with disabilities; and

  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers

In addition to VITA, the TCE program offers free tax help, particularly for those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.

How to Become a VITA Volunteer

Learn to prepare taxes and make a difference in your community at the same time. How can you make a difference? Simple. Volunteer to help your community by preparing taxes free of charge with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs.


You will receive training to provide free tax help for low-to-moderate income families who need assistance preparing their tax returns. As a volunteer, you will join the thousands of others who each year prepare millions of tax returns at thousands of tax sites nationwide.

How does this program work? As a committed tax volunteer you’ll be assigned to work with a sponsoring organization, first to receive training and then to begin volunteering at a location in your community. Training is offered both online and in the classroom. Tax sites are generally open nights and weekends and the hours are flexible. You will surely find a volunteer site close to you.

Interested?

For additional information and next steps for volunteering in San Benito County, register today and you will be one step closer on becoming a VITA or TCE tax volunteer and giving back to your community.

For more information on VITA check out the IRS Official site