The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program


What is the VITA Program?
Are you ready to gain skills that help jumpstart your next career move, or bolster your existing expertise? The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) at United Way Monterey County is focused on assisting families who earn less than $54,000 a year prepare their taxes for free! It is a program that is provided by the IRS, and run by your local United Way and volunteers! This program is unique, because our volunteers learn a valuable skill while also helping members of the community receive reliable tax counseling in a community setting.

What are the Benefits of Volunteering with Us?

As a volunteer in the VITA program, you will gain valuable skills through our training course that will enable you to bolster your resume and work collaboratively with likeminded professionals. In addition to the personal benefits, you will also be able to provide a unique service to Monterey County communities in need during the tax season. Together we can impact thousands of lives in our community for 2017, and we look forward to your participation. The first step is to attend our training and become certified, please refer to the information below: Each position has a specific number of training hours required with a corresponding commitment for the tax season. 

>Each year, we look to fill the following volunteer positions:                     

Image result for arrow white background   Level 1: Volunteer Tax Preparers: Beginners (32 hour training + 24 hours of service- perfect for beginners)

Image result for arrow white background   Level 2: Volunteer Tax Preparers: Advanced (24 hour training + 24 hours of service- accelerated class for experienced volunteers )

Image result for arrow white background   Customer Greeters & Document Screeners (3 hour training + 24 hours of service- customer service based classes for anyone)


Ready to Join Us for the 2017 Tax Season?
*Click* the opportunities below to view our training schedule and sign up! Image result for arrow white background

 Level 1 Trainings (Basic Tax Law) 

 Level 2 Trainings (Advanced Tax Law) 

 Greeter & Screener Trainings (Customer Service)


For internship opportunities, please contact Aranyani Azevedo for more information:


Where are the Tax Sites Located?
Our free tax sites will open during the first week of February, and run until April 15, 2017. 

>Regular Weekly Sites: 

  • Hartnell College (411 Central Ave, B-110 Salinas, CA)
  • CET Salinas (421 Monterey St. Salinas, CA)
  • Cesar Chavez Library (615 Williams Rd. Salinas, CA)
  • Salvation Army (2460 N. Main St. Salinas, CA)
  • NEW: Hartnell Extension Site (1772 Alisal Rd. Salinas, CA)
  • NEW/Pending: Seaside CPY (775 Kimball Ave #101, Seaside, CA 93955)
  • Soledad CET (930 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA)
  • NEW: Camphora Apartments in Soledad
  • NEW: King City Benefits Office (King City)
  • Marina Library (188 Seaside Ave, Marina, CA)
  • Monterey Peninsula College (980 Fremont Street, BMC 206, Monterey, CA)

>Online Software: MyFreeTaxes

  • File online for free with MyFree Taxes Software (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR)
  • This is software is created by H&R Block, and managed by United Way Worldwide.
  • Free for Federal and State under the AGI limit.
  • Great for taxpayers who don't want to wait in line, have an easy return, or who just like to do their taxes online.
  • Qualified tax preparers are available though their toll free number to assist taxpayers who are filing online: 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435)
  • Tip: If you need to use a computer to file online, visit Goodwill Central Coast employment office Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm.  Address: 1325 N. Main St. Salinas, CA