Free Tax Help is Here
Free tax preparation is now available for low to moderate-income individuals and families through the VITA program! VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is an IRS program that provides free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to those who make $60,000 or less, who have disabilities, are elderly, or are limited English-speaking taxpayers.
Assistance is provided at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, and other convenient locations. The Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin is locally leading the VITA efforts by holding tax preparation assistance at their centers. They are continually seeking help from individuals interested in becoming IRS-certified VITA volunteers. If you are interested in supporting their efforts as a volunteer, please visit them at https://cpfsj.org/ or text VOLUNTEER to 211-211.
If you have a low to moderate income but are confident in your computer skills or would like to file your taxes from the comfort of your own home, you can file your taxes for free online! The IRS offers a Free File option that is accessible through MyFreeTaxes.org. There, you are given two options: to file on your own or with a virtual assistant's help. Visit https://www.myfreetaxes.org/ to learn more or to schedule an in-person appointment.
Let’s Talk Tax Credits
Doing your taxes is already hard enough and searching for additional tax credits to apply for is another task to pile onto your to-do list during the tax season. Below is a list of tax credits that United Way of San Joaquin County encourages you to apply for!
ITIN or SSN: Which Do You Need?
Sometimes these details can get confusing. See below for a brief explanation of the difference between the Individual Tax Identification Number and the Social Security Number.
Individual tax identification numbers are like social security numbers. Both are needed to pay income taxes, and both forms of identification act to connect individuals with their financial history. There are differences, though. An ITIN is needed by any non-citizen earning an income in the U.S. and responsible for filing taxes. While an SSN is required for any citizen (over the age of 18) and authorized permanent residents that gain an income and pay taxes in the U.S.
Additional Tax Resources
Looking for more information to prepare for tax season? See below for some additional resources that you might find useful.
My Free Taxes – En Español
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)
ITIN vs SSN: What's the Difference?
California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Foster Youth Tax Credit (FYTC)
Tax Counseling for the Eldery (TCE)
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)