VITA FREE Tax Prep Service



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The last day CET will be open for new tax clients is Tuesday, October 3rd.

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 $60,000 in 2022! 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 self-employed taxpayers. 

Take a look at the Tax Prep Checklist to help you stay on top of your taxes and know what to prepare so you are ready to file and maximize your refund. 

You have two ways to file for free:

  1. By appointment - drop off or email your documents at a VITA site. You can make an appointment online using or by calling the United Way Monterey County office at (831) 372-8026. *Appointments are limited. Please call or schedule your appointment at least a week ahead of your appointment date*
  2. File for free online at

California Earned Income Tax

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.

Beginning January 2023 there have been to important changes to state refundable credits: 

  1. An adjustment was made to claim the Young Child Tax Credit. There is no income requirement to claim the credit. Taxpayers without income can file a state return to receive up to $1,083 from this credit. 
  2. A new refundable credit has been made available for foster youth, ages 18 - 25. The Foster Youth Tax Credit can provide a up to $1,083 refundable credit. Requirements include being between the ages 18-25, was in foster care when individual turned 13 or older, and eligible to claim the CalEITC credit. 


Number of Qualifying Children CA Maximum Income CalEITC (up to) IRS EITC (up to)
None $30,000 $275 $560
1 $30,000 $1,843 $3,733
2 $30,000 $3,037 $6,164
3 or more $30,000 $3,417 $6,935


Tax preparation services will be available February, 2023.



2023 VITA Sites

Sites and schedules are subject to change

Site Tax Prep Process Address Operation Date/time First/last date of operation
Center for Employment Training- Salinas No appointment needed 24 East Alvin Drive, Salinas, CA 93906 Tuesdays 4:30pm - 7:30pm 2/7 - 4/18 and 6/2 - 10/10


Are you interested in being a VITA Volunteer?

Read the experience of George Jones, a dedicated UWMC VITA volunteer for over seven years, in transitioning to Virtual VITA service, how it benefit him and VITA customers.