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Vita - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance


For thousands of households across our region, accessing the right resources during tax season is critical in obtaining a full tax refund. The simple truth is that when taxes are done right, the result could mean valuable tax credits and refunds that go a long way in a family’s annual budget.

According to the IRS, approximately 20% of residents do not claim one of the biggest boosters to family incomes - the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable credit that can amount to as much as $6,143 per qualifying family- simply because they are unaware of their eligibility, or do not file their taxes.

If you earned less than $60,000 in 2018, you may qualify for the EITC and you can have your taxes prepared for free from the Kern VITA Partnership.

And as of January 2016, the CalEITC provides additional resources to the working families in our community who most need it.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Free Tax Preparation Campaign is part of a community-wide effort to alleviate poverty for 50,000 people by 2020. 
From January 25 through April 19, 2018, United Way will help thousands of low-to-moderate income families and individuals prepare their taxes and connect them to other financial services. 
How can you help? 
Become a tax preparer! As a tax volunteer, you will prepare tax returns and support clients through the filing process to ensure all eligible credits are claimed. 
Be a part of one of the largest anti-poverty movements in the nation! Help us reach the goal of serving over 23,000 individuals and families next year through our program.
No prior tax experience is necessary!

Cal EITC Resources

How Do I Access VITA?

See the locations for tax preparation sites in your community.

VITA Calendar Sites 2019

Call to make an appointment today:


Locations include:

  • MAOF (Bakersfield main office)
  • Vida Scott Center (southeast Bakersfield)
  • St. John the Baptist Church (south Bakersfield)
  • K.C. Child Support (downtown Bakersfield office)
  • United Way of Kern County

Mobile VITA sites will be located at:

  • Self Help FCU
  • Bakersfield High School

What do I Bring?

  • Picture ID
  • All W-2s
  • All 1099 for OTHER INCOME
  • Social Security Cards or ITIN for self and each family member / dependent
  • Childcare provider information: name, address, and tax id number or social security number
  • Bank account routing number (for direct deposit)
  • Previous year tax return – not required but helpful

Or, File Your Taxes for Free Online

United Way can also help you file your taxes for free, online.

For eligibility information, information on the tax credits you qualify for, and an easy-to-follow process, go myfreetaxes.org.

How Do I Volunteer?

Volunteers are needed to serve as tax preparers, greeters, and translators for the 2018 tax season. No experience is necessary and FREE training will be provided. Training begins soon. To get more information or register to volunteer please contact Susana at susana.e@uwkern.org or call (661) 834-2962.

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