Free Tax Assistance



File Your Federal & State Taxes for Free!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service (VITA) provides free tax prep to individuals and families who earn $57,000 or less. As part of its EK$ Initiative, United Way Monterey County is committed to providing free services to working families to help them build assets and become more financially stable!

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File Taxes Online

This link will take you to a third party website powered by H&R Block; there is no cost for filers who make less than $58,000 annually.



How Does VITA Benefit Monterey County?

  • Tax prep is done by a committed corps of trained volunteers focused on serving their local communities!
  • We help taxpayers avoid hidden fees and costs. We prepare BOTH federal and state taxes at no charge.
  • We help taxpayers keep 100% of their refund and claim all eligible credits.
  • We provide honest, reliable information about taxpayer rights, and eligibility.
  • Receive your refund in 7-10 days with direct deposit.


Where Can I Get My Taxes Done?

You can find a VITA tax site in your neighborhood!
Each site operates on a first come, first serve basis. We recomend arriving early!

United Way Monterey County
376 Main St. Salinas CA 93901

  Open for Tax Day!    April 15th

Seaside One-Stop Career Center
1760 Fremont Blvd # D2, Seaside 93955

Saturdays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Feb 1- April 12, 2014

Salvation Army Corps Community Center
2460 North Main Street, Salinas 93906

Saturdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Feb 1- April 12, 2014

Salinas One-Stop Career Center
730 La Guardia Street, Salinas 93905

Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
Feb 1- April 12, 2014

Salinas (CET) Center for Employment Training
421 Monterey Street, Salinas 93901

Tuesday and Thurs., 5:30pm-8:00pm
Feb 4 - April 15, 2014

Hartnell College 
Building E, Room 215
411 Central Avenue, Salinas 93901

Thursdays, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Feb 6 - April 10, 2014

Soledad (CET) Center for Employment Training
930 Los Coches Drive, Soledad 93960

Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
Feb 1 - April 12, 2014

Cesar Chavez Library
615 Williams Road, Salinas 93905

Fridays, 10:00am-1:00pm
Feb 7 – April 11, 2014

What Do I Need to Bring?

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Card or ITIN Card for worker(s) and ALL dependents
  • W-2s, 1099s,1098s and any other tax forms you’ve received
  • Voided check for direct deposit (optional)
  • Last year's tax return if you have it

Are You A Senior?

The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program has certified tax preparers ready to file your federal and state tax returns at locations throughout Monterey County. This service is provided to low income seniors at no cost. Please contact Michelle Lopez at 831.655.4241 to schedule an appointment.
Are You A Business in Promoting this Service to Your Employees?

Check out our payroll stuffers.  We also have flyers and prepared e-mail blasts you can send to employees.  To learn more, please contact Aranyani Azevedo.

Click for Santa Cruz times and locations. If you live in another county, search here with the IRS for the site nearest you.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers and sites that helped make this possible.