Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is focused on assisting families who earn less than $64,000 a year prepare their taxes for free! It is a program provided by the IRS and run by your local Project SCOUT - Seniors Council, Santa Cruz Community Ventures and United Way. This program is unique because our volunteers learn valuable skills while helping Santa Cruz residents receive reliable tax counseling in a community setting.

The Benefits of Filing with VITA

  • Connect  
    The IRS SPEC Program and United Way of Santa Cruz County work together to connect you with qualified, committed VITA volunteers.
  • No Cost To You     
    Our tax sites are staffed by IRS trained volunteers, there is not cost to YOU, the taxpayer. 
  • Quality  
    Our return process includes three stages of quality control to ensure each taxpayer receives secure, reliable service


Get All The Credits And Refunds You Deserve (Click Here For List Of VITA SITES)

Free tax sites open the first week of February and run until April 18, 2017.

What To Bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Cards or ITIN for each person on your tax return
  • W-2, 1099, 1098 forms for all jobs held in 2016
  • Child Care Costs for 2016 & Provider Information
  • A voided check for direct deposit (optional)
  • Copy of 2015 tax form (not required, but helpful) 

Questions About VITA Site? Contact Project SCOUT at 877-FRE-TAXS (877-373-8297) or call 2-1-1