VITA FREE Tax Prep Service


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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 $58,000 in 2021! 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.

UWMC provides free tax preparation service for Monterey County residents. Taxpayer options of preparation include in person tax preparation, virtual tax preparation, self-tax preparation, or volunteer guided tax preparation.

Take a look at the Tax Prep Checklist to help you stay on top of your taxes and know what to prepare so you are ready to file and maximize your refund.

You have two ways to file for free:

  1. Drop off or email your documents to a VITA site and IRS-trained volunteers will prepare them for you.
  2. File free online at

California Earned Income Tax

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.

Beginning January 2021, families filing with an ITIN number are eligible to claim the CalEITC tax credit.


Number of Qualifying Children CA Maximum Income CalEITC (up to) IRS EITC (up to)
None $30,000 $255 $1,502
1 $30,000 $1,698 $3,618
2 $30,000 $2,809 $5,980
3 or more $30,000 $3,160 $6,728


VITA Sites



Center For Employment Training- Salinas
24 East Alvin Drive, Salinas, CA 93906
Appointment only
Call: (831) 372-8026

United Way Monterey County
232 Monterey Street, Suite 200, Salinas, CA 93901
Appointment only
Call: (831) 372-8026



Are you interested in being a VITA Volunteer?

Read the experience of George Jones, a dedicated UWMC VITA volunteer for over seven years, in transitioning to Virtual VITA service, how it benefit him and VITA customers.