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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a free tax preparation service for individuals and families in Santa Barbara County. Tax returns are prepared and completed by IRS-Certified volunteers each year from February through April throughout Southern Santa Barbara County. Volunteers will select their volunteer site(s) and times during the registration process.

United Way of Santa Barbara County will host in-person training sessions for all volunteers.

January 5, January 12, January 19, and January 26, 2019 

9:00am – 2:00pm at 320 E. Gutierrez Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Online training is also available.

To volunteer for our tax preparation service, please click the button below. 

If you have any questions regarding the VITA Program, please contact Melinda Cabrera 805-965-8591.


Vision 2020
More lower-income families will have increased and increasing long-term financial assets.

To increase by 50% the number of lower-income families who are financially stable.

The measurable outcome of the Financial Empowerment Partnership of South Santa Barbara County is to:

  • Grow the number of client participants (earning an annual income of $58,000 or less for a family of four) in all current and future projects by 10% or more each year.

The Partnership has seven major projects for the next three years: