VITA FREE Tax Prep Service


Don't Let FREE Tax Prep Pass You By. Make VITA Your Next Stop!

VITA MascotUnited 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 $56,000 in 2019! 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.

Did you make more than $56,000? is available for taxpayers to file free online.

July 15, 2020 UWMC wrapped up our 11th year of VITA with 1,912 tax returns filed. Due to the shelter-in-place orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UWMC shifted to providing free Virtual VITA tax preparation services. The tax preparation and filing process was done electronically by uploading necessary documents without an in-person meeting. Read the experience George Jones, a dedicated UWMC VITA volunteer for over seven years, in transitioning to Virtual VITA service, how it benefit him and VITA customers.  

Become a VITA Volunteer

We are recruiting volunteers for the 2020 Tax Season. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tax preparer, find more information here.

Volunteer Education and College Assistance Alliance (VECAA)

In partnership with the Hartnell College, UWMC will administer the VECAA program to increase Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Dream Act applications of high school students throughout Monterey County. FAFSA not only gives students access to the aid, but it allows students and families to find a better path toward college affordability and earning a degree. However, very few high school seniors complete FAFSA applications. Between 2016 and 2018, less than half of the eligible students entering Hartnell College completed the FASFA applications. 

Application assistance will be provided by appointment only once the shelter in place order is lifted. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call our Salinas office at 831-757-3206.  View the program flyer here.

California Earned Income Tax

California Earned Income Tax (CalEITC) is a cashback 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. Families earning up to $25,000 can get a BONUS of up to $6,500 and keep their full refund! Even if you don’t qualify for the full $6,500, you deserve to have the credit you earned. Think of the difference this extra cash can make for you and your family.


Number of Qualifying Children CA Maximum Income CalEITC (up to) IRS EITC (up to)
None $30,000 $240 $529
1 $30,000 $1,605 $3,526
2 $30,000 $2,651 $5,828
3 or more $30,000 $2,982 $6,557

In Person: VITA Sites

CET Salinas

24 E. Alvin Dr., Salinas, CA 93906
Tuesday; 02/04 thru 04/14; 5:30p.m.–8:30p.m.

CET Soledad

930 Los Coches Dr., Ste 101, Soledad, CA 93960
Saturday; 02/01 thru 04/11; 9:00a.m.–2:00p.m.

Hartnell College (B–110)

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411 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901
Thursday; 02/06 thru 04/09; 6:30p.m.–8:30p.m.
Closed 3/19

Hartnell College Extension (C–205)

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1752 E. Alisal St., Salinas, CA 93905
Saturday; 02/01 thru 04/11; 9:00a.m.–12:00p.m.
Closed 2/15 & 3/21

Monterey County Free Libraries-Castroville

11160 Speegle St., Castroville, CA 95012
Thursday; 02/13, 02/27, 03/12, 03/26, 04/02, 04/09; 5:30p.m.–8:30p.m.

Monterey County Free Libraries-Marina

190 Seaside Cir., Marina, CA 93933
Saturday; 02/08, 02/22, 03/07, 03/21, 04/04, 04/11 11:00a.m.–2:00p.m.

Monterey Peninsula College (BMC–206)

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980 Fremont St., Monterey, CA 93940
Thursday; 02/06 thru 04/09 5:30p.m.–8:30p.m.
Closed 3/26

Monterey Peninsula College-Education Center (MA101)

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289 12th St., Marina, CA 93933
Wednesday; 02/05, 02/19, 03/04, 03/18, 04/01, 04/15; 5:30p.m.–8:30p.m.

Salinas Public Library-Cesar Chavez

615 Williams Rd., Salinas, CA 93905
Friday; 02/07 thru 04/10 10:00a.m.–3:00p.m.

Seaside High School

2200 Noche Buena St., Seaside, CA 93955
Saturday; 02/01 thru 04/11, 9:00a.m.–1:00p.m.
Closed 3/21 & 3/28

United Way Monterey County-Salinas Office

307 S. Main St., Ste 100, Salinas, CA 93901
Monday thru Thursday; 02/03 thru 04/15 9:00a.m.–4:00p.m.
Closed 2/17 
Drop Off Location Only