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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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 on:

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.


You may qualify for California's Earned Income Tax Credit!

In 2017, California expanded its tax credit to help even more working families. What is new?

  • A parent with an income of $22,300 or less* may benefit from the credit if they have one or more qualifying children. *Equivalent to working full-time at the state minimum wage of approx. $10/hr.
  • Those who earned self-employment income (1099 and cash earners) may also qualify.

With the combined federal and state credits eligible families can get up to $6,000 in returns. To get your tax credit, simply file your state and federal tax returns! Our VITA volunteers would love to help you claim your credit today!

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Want to know if you qualify for federal or state benefits?

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