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Free Tax Preparation | Orange County United Way

Free Tax Preparation

Orange County United Way Free Tax Preparation
Get Your Taxes Done for Free

Earn It. Keep It. Save It.

You've earned your money. Let us help you keep more of it with FREE tax filing.

Orange County United Way partners with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), nonprofits, and local businesses to offer free tax assistance to qualifying individuals and families in three easy ways.

METHOD 1: COMFORTABLE USING A COMPUTER? FILE ON YOUR OWN FROM ANYWHERE!

File your taxes on your own. If you are comfortable using a computer, you can access the United Way supported program online at MyFreeTaxes.com. Follow the prompts to be guided through the process at your own pace.

METHOD 2: FILE ON YOUR OWN AT ONE OF OUR SITES

Complete your own tax returns at one of our sites with the help of an on-site IRS-certified volunteer income tax guide, using MyFreeTaxes.com.

What to do next:

  1. Download the Free Tax Prep flyer for a complete list of locations, a list of items you need to take to your appointment and other important information.
  2. Call one of our VITA or Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) locations to make an appointment. Locations and phone numbers to call are listed in the flyer.

METHOD 3: NEED ASSISTANCE?

Schedule an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer at your local VITA site who can work directly with you to file your 2015 Federal and California state income tax returns. Services are available in multiple languages, including but not limited to English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

What to do next:

  1. Download the Free Tax Prep flyer for a complete list of locations, a list of items you need to take to your appointment and other important information.
  2. Call our free hotline 1-888-434-8248 to schedule your appointment after January 7,2016.

You May Be Eligible

  • For United Way’s free tax filing services if you earned less than $60,000 in 2015
  • For the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) if you earned less than $53,267 last year. To find out if you qualify click here
  • For a California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) if you earned less than $13,870 last year. To find out if you qualify click here

Visit the CalEITC4Me website

 

Find Out What to Bring & Where to Go

Click here for more information about getting free help preparing your Federal and California State taxes.

The OC Free Tax Prep Campaign

Orange County United Way leads the OC Free Tax Preparation Campaign, an important element in our FACE 2024 community-wide action plan to address the Education, Income, Health and Housing needs of local residents. We connect hard working, low-income residents and families to more than 500 volunteer IRS-certified tax experts at more than 60 OC locations that help file taxes for free and assist in securing tax refunds and credits.

Every year, low-income OC residents miss out on millions of dollars in Federal and State tax refunds. These are refunds and credits which they are entitled to, that go unclaimed, and that could provide them with a critical boost to help pay for rent, food and medical expenses.

This year, Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature created the first-ever California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). CalEITC is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals, available for the first-time this tax season. The CalEITC could boost income for an estimated 600,000 eligible families in the state. Find out if you are eligible and for how much with the CalEITC4Me Calculator at http://caleitc4me.org/earn-it/.

Learn more about VITA volunteer opportunities.

Together, we can reduce the percentage of financially unstable families by 25% by 2024.

Tax refunds help stabilize low and moderate income families as well as stimulating local economies. Through the OC Free Tax Prep campaign, Orange County United Way is helping local families get on the path to becoming financially independent, breaking the cycle of poverty. Last year, more than 16,000 community members received free tax preparation services, helping to return more than $14 million in tax returns to local families.

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