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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA)

Free Tax Filing Available

VITA and TCE Tax Program Schedule, January-April 2014

Individuals who wish to do their own taxes without assistance 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 in their account. This service is provided through the City of Sacramento City-wide Volunteer Program in partnership with MyFreeTaxes, United Way Worldwide and Goodwill. Income is limited to a maximum of $58,000 for 2013 in order to file for free.

VITA Free Tax Preparation Sites

Those with incomes of $52,000 or less for 2013 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.

College Assistance Program *

Two VITA sites, South Natomas and Pannell Meadowview Community Centers, will offer help with filing taxes and can also assist with useful resources to help those interested in applying for college and learning how to afford tuition. Income and other eligibility criteria must be met.

Coached Self-prepared Taxes **

The City of Sacramento will partner with MyFreeTaxes.com to offer coaching by VITA certified volunteers to assist tax payers to complete their own taxes using free software. These sites will be hosted at the South Natomas Community Center and the Pannell/Meadowview Community Center and will be available during regular VITA hours (please see below). Additional workshops will be provided throughout the community during the tax season to assist taxpayers in doing their own taxes. Free Tax Preparation

The following Community Centers and sites will have volunteers available to provide free tax preparation. To make an appointment please use the online scheduler or call 2-1-1.

South Natomas Community Center
2921 Truxel Road
Dates of Service: February 8 to March 29
Saturdays: 10 to 3 pm.
By appointment. Please use the online scheduler or call 2-1-1.
Electronic Filing Available.
College Assistance Program.*
VITA services as well as coached self-preparation.**

Pannell/Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road
Dates of Service: February 5 to March 20
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
By appointment. Please use the online scheduler or call 2-1-1.
Electronic filing available.
College Assistance Program.*
VITA services available as well as coached self-preparation.**

Oak Park Community Center
3425 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Dates of service: February 8 to March 15
Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.
By appointment. Please use the online scheduler or call 2-1-1.
Electronic filing available.
VITA services available.

George Sim Community Center
6207 Logan Street
Dates of Service: February 11 to March 18
Tuesdays from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
By appointment. Please use the online scheduler or call 2-1-1.
Electronic filing available.
VITA services available.

Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services
Oak Park Campus
3333 Third Ave - Sacramento, CA 95817
Dates of Service: February 15, 22 and March 1, 15
Saturdays: 9 am to 1 pm
By appointment. Please use the online scheduler or call 2-1-1.
Electronic filing available.
VITA services available.

The Hart Senior Center serves as a VITA site as well as a Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site. This site serves those age 50 and up and services are available from February 1 to April 15 on weekday mornings and Saturdays. Phone: (916) 808-5462 for an appointment.

Hart Senior Center
915 27th Street
By appointment only. Call: (916) 808-5462
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)
  • 2012 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

Super Sites

Special one-day free tax preparation events for those earning $52,000 or less in 2013 are scheduled throughout the tax season at area organizations and schools. In addition to free tax preparation, some Super Sites offer free and reduced-cost child care information, children’s activities, free and reduced-cost health insurance for children, discounted utility programs and language assistance in Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Hmong and Vietnamese. Various financial institutions will be on-site to provide other banking resources.

To schedule an appointment please use the online scheduler or call 2-1-1.

The following Super Site will be hosted by the City of Sacramento:

Date: April 5, 2014
Location: Sam Pannell/Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Rd.
Sacramento, CA
9 am to 3 pm
By appointment. Please use the on-line scheduler or call 2-1-1.

For information about additional VITA and TCE Sites, contact Infoline Sacramento: call (916) 498-1000, or call 211 or visit: www.sacworkingfamilies.com

* College Assistance Program (CAP) is supported in part by the National Community Tax Coalition.

** Coached self-preparation is supported in part by MyFreeTaxes, United Way World Wide and Goodwill.