What is VITA?
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to individuals who file simple returns and generally make $57,500 a year or less. The program is also available to persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals throughout the County of San Diego. This program is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
You have two ways to file for free
Make an appointment with Home Start by calling 619-229-3660. Click to download our flyer for more information.
If you prefer, you can file on your own for free online at MyFreeTaxes.com.
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. Click for more information.
What if I don’t have a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number?
All taxpayers without a social security number must have a valid ITIN in order to file taxes. Click to learn more information on how to apply.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Home Start VITA sites are closed. Instead, we are operating virtually by appointment only. You can call 619-229-3660 to make an appointment with Home Start. Call 211 to make an appointment with any VITA partner. If you prefer, you can file on your own for free online at MyFreeTaxes.com.