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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

VITA is a free tax preparation service for families in Santa Barbara County.  Tax returns are prepared and completed by IRS certified volunteers.

These services are available each year during the tax season from February through April and free tax preparation sites are available throughout Santa Barbara County each year.


Volunteer With VITA

Help low income families receive free tax preparation and create a financial safety net.  Volunteer to become a tax preparer, tax reviewer, site greeter or financial literacy educator.  Click below and volunteer now!


If you have any questions with United For Financial Empowerment or the free tax assistance program, please contact Melinda Hodge at



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