FREE Tax Help – VITA & EITC
Households earning up to $57,000 are eligible to use the free services of a VITA site.
Tax returns are prepared and filed by trained tax preparation volunteers.
We are committed to ensuring eligible workers in California are able to file a tax return and get the refund they’ve earned free of charge. However, we also want to make sure we’re protecting the health and safety of the communities where we work. Due to COVID-19, taxes will only be prepared using either a Virtual or Drop-off process. There will be NO face-to-face appointments with a tax preparation volunteer, as all sites remain closed.
Tax preparation begins February 1 and continues through April 30, 2021.
For the 2021 Tax Filing Season, in addition to the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit, many individuals qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC).
United Way MyFreeTaxes allows taxpayers who are single filers, computer savvy, and with an e-mail account to file their taxes for free. To file a virtual tax return, go to GetYourRefund.org/vcunitedway or GetYourRefund.org/vcunitedway_es
To file your tax return, place your documents (listed below) in an envelope marked VITA and drop off at any of the following locations beginning February 1, 2021.
24/7 in the secure metal drop boxes used for County programs located at:
East County America’s Job Center, 2900 N. Madera Road, Simi Valley
North Oxnard America’s Job Center, 2901 N. Ventura Road, Oxnard
Ventura Community Service Center, 4651 Telephone Road, Ventura
Santa Paula Community Service Center, 725 E. Main Street, Santa Paula
Documents (copies only)
Copy of Social Security Card or ITIN for each family member
Copy of all 1099 forms for other income
Copy of picture ID for the taxpayer and spouse, if applicable
Selfie of taxpayer holding picture ID to verify identify
Selfie of spouse holding picture ID to verify identify, if applicable
Copy of Form 1095-A for Covered CA, if applicable
Child Care provider information: Name, Address, and Tax ID, if available
Canceled check for direct deposit of tax return
Copy of 2019 Tax return – pages 1 & 2, and Schedules 1, 2 & 3, if applicable
Please, copies only, no original documents.
To file your tax return, visit GetYourRefund.org/vcunitedway.
Instructions will be given to upload tax documents using either a computer or cell phone.
All tax filers both Virtual and Drop-off will be contacted via Get-Your-Refund by phone, email or text.
If your household earned $66,000 or less in 2020, one option for those with a simple return, (for example, a single filer with up to two W-2’s) you may file your taxes online for free at MyFreeTaxes.org.
*A household includes all individuals listed on your tax return.