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The VITA program is a free tax preparation service for local Santa Barbara County residents who make $67,000 or less a year. Tax returns are prepared and electronically filed by IRS-certified volunteers for qualified individuals or families. Tax preparation is available year-round. Our tax preparer can assist with general tax information, tax preparation, and filing, along with ITIN applications and renewals.

Year-round VITA assistance is available every Wednesday at our office on an appointment basis only. Click here to book an appointment with a tax preparer.

For more information on eligibility, filing, or participation in the program, please view the information below. For any special accommodations and or questions about the program, please email:



  • You must have a 2023 household income of $67,000 or less.
  • Proof of identification (driver’s license, state photo ID or other government issued identification that includes a photo)
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents 
    • Note: If you need to request a replacement card or update your Social Security record, go to Social Security number & card to find the best way to do this.
    • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Social Security Benefit Statements (SSA-1099), if applicable
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
  • Forms 1095-A, B and C, Health Coverage Statements
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable
  • Check below for the most up to date schedule of VITA sites. Site hours are subject to change. 
  • Make sure you have all of the required documents listed. 



Volunteer Income Tax Assistance 

IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Current Volunteer Opportunities: 

Tax Preparers  |  Tax Reviewers  | Greeters

Click here to view available positions and additional volunteer information.


Self-paced online trainings available or virtual trainings are scheduled for the following days:

  • Saturday, January 6, 2024 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday, January 13, 2024 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday, January 20, 2024 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM
  • Saturday, January 27, 2024 |9:00AM - 1:00PM (optional in-person training)
For questions, please contact Yoseline Gonzalez at or (805) 965-8594. 


Self-filing is a good option for tax filers who are filing a current year tax return (2021), are comfortable using online tax software and want to learn how to file on their own, and who have earned less than $73,000 in 2021. 

The purpose of this guide is to walk you through the process of filing your taxes from beginning to end with free tax filing software provided by A video tutorial is also available here (a video version in ASL is available here).

Click here for the complete guide for self-filing.