About Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program


The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is national and offers free help to people who make a limited income and need help preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic tax return preparation with electronic filing. Volunteers inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

Locally, United Way California Capital Region and our partners offer myfreetaxes.comto help local residents save money during tax season. 

Myfreetaxes.com’s filing tool is free to individuals or households making less than $64,000 a year. The website, which is powered by H&R Block software, saves users an average of $200 in tax preparation fees. All you need is a valid email address and your income forms, such as a W2, 1099, 1098, etc.

For those who need in-person help, you can schedule an appointment through the website to meet with a volunteer from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program who will file your taxes for free, if you qualify.