VITA FREE Tax Prep Service

Don't Let YOUR Money Go Down the Drain. Get FREE Tax Prep!

United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance service (VITA) is focused on putting more money into the pockets of working families. IRS-trained volunteers offer FREE Tax Prep for families and individuals who earned less than $55,000 in 2018! Our goal is to make sure you get your FULL refund, claim all your eligible credits, and learn to use taxes to grow your assets! You can count on VITA to provide the highest quality tax service to families, individuals, and some small business owners. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tax preparer, find more information here.

There are TWO ways to file: Online using our FREE software (, or in person at one of our many tax sites (listed below) throughout Monterey County. It's YOUR money!  You earned it, we'll help you keep it. 

California Earned Income Tax (CalEITC) is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California’s working families and individuals. In its first year, CalEITC boosted the income of about 385,000 families, who shared almost $200 million from the cash-back credit. CalEITC gives working families the chance to get ahead. Studies show that young children in households that receive the EITC do better in school, are more likely to attend college and earn more, brightening the future of the next generation. Families earning up to $25,000 can get a BONUS of up to $6,500 and keep their full refund!  Even if you don’t quality for the full $6,500, you deserve to have the credit you earned. Think of the difference this extra cash can make for you and your family.  Help spread the word with our bilingual flyer or payroll stuffers.


Online: MyFreeTaxes

Qualified tax preparers are available through their toll free number to assist taxpayers who are filing online: 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435)

  1. The income cap is $66,000 AGI for individuals and families
  2. 80% of filers finish their taxes in less than 1 hour!
  3. “Bring on the complex returns” MyFreeTaxes uses H&R Block’s Premium Software meaning users have access to most state and federal forms.
  4. We have the same guarantees from H&R Block-100% accurate returns, maximum refund, and top of the line security.
  5. MyFreeTaxes is completely mobile optimized, the taxpayer can file seamlessly between their phone, tablet, or computer. The software includes a refund reveal during the entire filing process so the taxpayer can see any changes throughout the process. A filer can snap a secure picture on their mobile device through the software to upload and auto-fill their tax documents.
  6. The MyFreeTaxes logo will be displayed on the top left corner of every page during the filing process. This helps filers know they are in our product versus H&R Block’s paid software.
  7. Your organization does not need to do VITA to promote MyFreeTaxes, however if you do run VITA and have a VITA grant, United Way Worldwide partners with the IRS so that every MyFreeTaxes filer in your geography will count towards your VITA goals.
  8. A goal of MyFreeTaxes is to empower the filer and help them gain confidence in their own ability to manage their finances. If a filer is not a regular email user, they may not be a good candidate for MyFreeTaxes
  9. We provide weekly data updates throughout the tax season and break it out by zip, city, county, state, and United Way service area. You CANNOT use this data for promotional efforts.
  10. United Way and H&R Block have offered MyFreeTaxes for 9 years!