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.
ATTENTION: DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC ALL TAX PREPARATION SITES ARE CLOSED.
Due to the high volume of taxes turned in, we can no longer accept tax returns. If you need help filing your taxes, please refer to the websites below. We apologize for any inconvenience.
ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS
- Haven't received your federal stimulus payment? Or have questions, please visit the IRS website at: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments
- Find out your status
- Set up direct deposit
- Visit the IRS Economic Impact Payments Information Center to answer your questions about eligibility, payment amounts, what to expect, when to expect it and more.
You may qualify for California's Earned Income Tax Credit!
Did you know California has a tax credit for working families and individuals? It’s called the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and it is modeled after the federal credit. It is now better! What is new?
- Higher income limits. Any worker regardless of children or filing status and income of $30,000 or less may benefit from the credit. That means working full-time at the state minimum wage of roughly $15 per hour could qualify.
- Additional $1,000 for Families with Children under 6: If you have a young child in the home who is under 6 years old and qualify for CalEITC, you might be eligible for an additional $1,000 dollars. Raising young children is hard for working families. CalEITC can help.
- More working Californians will benefit from this credit. Adults ages 18-24 without dependents, and older adults ages 65+ without dependents will also be eligible for this credit for the second time in tax season 2020.
- Work for yourself? You qualify too. Even if you earned income from self-employment, you may qualify for the credit. Both 1099 filers and cash earners qualify.
With the combined federal and state credits eligible families can get up to $6,557 back after filing their taxes. What would you do with an extra $6,557 dollars? The average combined refund for both credits combined is $3,000. Families with young children under 6 may also qualify for an additional $1,000 from the State of California if they’re eligible for the CalEITC.
To get your cash back, simply file your state and federal tax returns for FREE. Search for a free tax preparation site, with IRS-certified tax preparers, or file online for free by visiting www.unitedwaysb.org/vita.
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