KEEP MORE OF YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY! You work hard, so see if you qualify for FREE tax filing through our OC Free Tax Prep program. Let us help you save on preparation fees and access refunds and credits which you are entitled to which can provide you with a critical boost to help pay for rent, food and medical expenses.
Did you know? Last year, more than 19,000 community members received free tax preparation services, helping to return more than $16 million in tax refunds to local families.
Earn It. Keep It. Save It.
Orange County United Way partners with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), nonprofits, and local businesses to bring you the OC FREE TAX PREP campaign. Qualifying families and individuals can get free tax filing assistance throughout Orange County.
The appointment hotline will open January 8, 2019 to begin scheduling appointments for this tax season.
How It Works
For United Way’s free tax filing services, please keep these points in mind:
- You must have earned less than $60,000 in 2018
- If earning less than $55,000 you may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and could receive over $6,000 cash back
There are two ways to get free tax filing with the OC Free Tax Prep Campaign:
Method 1: File Online
Free! Easy! Safe! If your household earned less than $66,000 in 2018, you can file both your federal and state returns for free using MyFreeTaxes.com. This is the only free, national, online tax filing product offered by a nonprofit. United Way has made it available to over 100 million U.S. taxpayers as part of our fight for the financial stability of every person in every community. MyFreeTaxes is powered by H&R Block’s premium software, so filing is easy, secure, and guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
When this tax season begins at the end of January, access the United Way-supported tax program online at MyFreeTaxes.com. Follow the prompts to be guided through the process at your own pace. This can be done at home, at one of our local MyFreeTaxes sites or anywhere with high-speed internet.
MyFreeTaxes is powered by H&R Block and United Way Worldwide.
Method 2: With Support
Schedule an appointment with an IRS-certified volunteer tax preparer at your local VITA site who can work directly with you to file your 2018 Federal and California state income tax returns. Services are offered in multiple languages, including but not limited to English, Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese by trained and friendly volunteers at numerous locations.
The 2019 VITA Sites will re-open in January.
A complete list of 2019 tax filing locations, phone numbers, and filing requirements coming soon!
Our incredible volunteers make OC Free Tax Prep possible. As a volunteer you will work with incredible people and get hands-on experience with tax preparation and customer service assisting individuals and families in filing their taxes. You’ll be making a positive impact, helping thousands of local residents become more financially stable and self-sufficient. Click here to find out more about becoming a certified United Way VITA Volunteer.
Paying for tax services was never in Leila’s budget so she felt anxious around tax time. When she found out about VITA, she was overjoyed and brought her two sisters to also take advantage of this great community resource. The refund she received from Cal EITC and Federal EITC will go towards education expenses.
Gloria has been a long-time filer with VITA and recommends it through the OC Free Tax Prep Campaign. “When my volunteer preparer informed me about how much I was getting back, my heart fluttered. So grateful for the California Earned Income Tax Credit.”
About The OC Free Tax Prep Campaign
The OC Free Tax Prep campaign is the largest free tax prep provider in Orange County. Every year, low-income OC residents miss out on millions of dollars in Federal and California tax refunds and credits which they are entitled to and that go unclaimed. These refunds and credits provide them with a critical boost to help pay for rent, food and medical expenses.
Last year more than 19,000 community members received free tax preparation services, helping to return millions in tax refunds to local families. 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 gain financial independence, breaking the cycle of poverty.
Young children in lower-income families that benefit from expanded federal and California EITCs are more likely to go to college (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities).
The OC Free Tax Prep Campaign is part of a larger OC United Way Income Initiative to increase the number of financially stable families in Orange County. Join us in making a difference!