VITA FREE Tax Prep Service

File In-Person or Online

Don't Let YOUR Money Go Down the Drain. Get FREE Tax Prep!

United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service (VITA) is focused on putting more money into the pockets of working families. IRS-trained volunteers offer FREE Tax Prep for families and individuals who earned less than $54,000 in 2017! Our goal is to make sure you get your FULL refund, claim all your eligible credits, and learn to use taxes to grow your assets! You can count on VITA to provide the highest quality tax service to families, individuals, and some small business owners. 

There are TWO ways to file: Online using our FREE software (myfreetaxes.com), or in person at one of our many tax sites (listed below) throughout Monterey County. It's YOUR money!  You earned it, we'll help you keep it. 

California Earned Income Tax (CalEITC) is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals. In its first year, CalEITC boosted the income of about 385,000 families, who shared almost $200 million from the cash-back credit. CalEITC gives working families the chance to get ahead. Studies show that young children in households that receive the EITC do better in school, are more likely to attend college and earn more, brightening the future of the next generation. Eligible families can get a BONUS of up to $6,000 and keep their full refund!  Even if you don’t quality for the full $6,000, you deserve to have the credit you earned. Think of the difference this extra cash can make for you and your family.  Help spread the word with our bilingual flyer or payroll stuffers.

 

Tax Sites

Come prepared! Please bring your social security cards for all dependents & taxpayers, as well as your photo ID and tax forms.
ITIN holders are welcome!

Center for Employment Training-Salinas -- CLOSED Wednesday, Feb. 28
421 Monterey St, Salinas, CA 93901
02/07–04/11; Wednesdays 5:00pm–9:00pm

Center for Employment Training-Soledad
930 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA 93960
02/03–04/14; Saturdays 9:00am–2:00pm – CLOSING at 12:00pm Saturday, Feb. 24

Hartnell College (B-110)
411 Central Ave, Salinas, CA 93901
02/05–04/16; Mondays 6:00pm–9:00pm

Hartnell College-Alisal Campus (C-205)
1752 Alisal Rd, Salinas CA 93905
02/03–04/14; Saturdays 9:00am–1:00pm

Monterey County Free Libraries-Castroville
11160 Speegle St, Castroville, Ca 95012
02/13, 02/27, 03/13, 03/20; 5:30pm–8:30pm

Monterey County Free Libraries-Marina
188 Seaside Ave. Marina, CA 93933
02/10, 02/24, 03/10, 03/24, 04/07, 04/14; 11:00am–2:00pm

Monterey County Free Libraries-Carmel Valley
65 W Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley CA 93924
02/06, 02/20, 03/06, 03/20; 4:00pm–7pm (appointment only)

Monterey Peninsula College (BMC-206)
980 Fremont Street, Monterey 93940
02/08 – 04/12; Thursdays 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Monterey Peninsula College Education Center (MA101)
289 12th St, Marina 93933
02/05, 02/19, 03/05, 03/26, 04/02, 04/16; 5:30pm-8:30pm

Salvation Army-Salinas
2460 N. Main St. Salinas, CA 93901
02/03 – 04/14; Saturdays 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Salinas City Libraries-Cesar Chavez Branch
615 Williams Rd. Salinas, CA 93905
02/02 – 04/13; Fridays 10:00am – 2:00pm

Community Partnership for Youth
775 Kimball Ave #101, Seaside, CA 93955
02/03 – 04/14; Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm

Online: MyFreeTaxes

Qualified tax preparers are available through their toll free number to assist taxpayers who are filing online: 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435)

  1. The income cap is $66,000 AGI for individuals and families
  2. 80% of filers finish their taxes in less than 1 hour!
  3. “Bring on the complex returns” MyFreeTaxes uses H&R Block’s Premium Software meaning users have access to most state and federal forms.
  4. We have the same guarantees from H&R Block-100% accurate returns, maximum refund, and top of the line security.
  5. MyFreeTaxes is completely mobile optimized, the taxpayer can file seamlessly between their phone, tablet, or computer. The software includes a refund reveal during the entire filing process so the taxpayer can see any changes throughout the process. A filer can snap a secure picture on their mobile device through the software to upload and auto-fill their tax documents.
  6. The MyFreeTaxes logo will be displayed on the top left corner of every page during the filing process. This helps filers know they are in our product versus H&R Block’s paid software.
  7. Your organization does not need to do VITA to promote MyFreeTaxes, however if you do run VITA and have a VITA grant, United Way Worldwide partners with the IRS so that every MyFreeTaxes filer in your geography will count towards your VITA goals.
  8. A goal of MyFreeTaxes is to empower the filer and help them gain confidence in their own ability to manage their finances. If a filer is not a regular email user, they may not be a good candidate for MyFreeTaxes
  9. We provide weekly data updates throughout the tax season and break it out by zip, city, county, state, and United Way service area. You CANNOT use this data for promotional efforts.
  10. United Way and H&R Block have offered MyFreeTaxes for 9 years!