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Households throughout the Sacramento region that earned $60,000 or less in 2018 can receive free tax help in-person from United Way’s Free Tax Prep program. Thanks to our 

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Tax Deadline Extension Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person free tax prep events are currently cancelled. Get online assistance at

The decision to close our in-person sites was based on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that residents isolate themselves, as well as the CDC’s recommendation to cancel any gatherings. On March 16, the White House took that step further by encouraging Americans to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.


I Didn’t Spend a Dollar Filing My Taxes This Year and Neither Should You
Here’s how I saved $300 this tax season.

Like thousands of Americans, each year I spent hundreds of dollars to go to a stuffy, windowless office to get my taxes prepared – to determine the all-important question, would I owe the government money this year?  Since this is such an important task, I was willing to make the costly investment to ensure that everything was processed correctly. I am a young professional, only out of college a few years now, and I don’t have a ton of money to throw at government forms that I, in theory, should be able to do myself. It wasn’t until last year when I started here at United Way and after I filed my 2017 taxes did I hear about our Free Tax program. Previously, I had been working part-time jobs and finishing up my education to make ends meet and the payment I used for the filing alone could have helped. My story isn’t unique, for many households, the large cost of paying for filing make a difference in their finances, something that could instead go into savings or pay off burdensome debt. This year, knowing that I qualified,* wouldn’t let that happen again this year.

So, I went online to make an appointment at where you can decide if you want to file in person or online*. You could also schedule your appointment by calling 2-1-1.  Since this is my first time filing my taxes alone, I wanted to make sure that it was correct, so I opted to do it in person with the Free Tax Prep volunteers. I saw that there was availability for a Tuesday at 11 a.m., set the appointment, and started collecting my paperwork.