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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Income Tax Help

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers provide free, quality income tax preparation assistance to low and moderate income, elderly, disabled, and limited English speaking people. All the volunteers at the Student Legal Clinic have been trained and certified by the IRS.

Are You Eligible for VITA?

We CAN do:


  • Filing status: Single, Head of Household, Married Filing Jointly
  • Standard & Itemized Deductions
  • Income from W-2s, interest, scholarships/grants, unemployment compensation, social security
  • Credits such as the EIC, Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Expense Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, and American Opportunity Credit
  • Foreign Student Taxes
  • Business Income or Loss
  • Non-employee income (1099-MISC/K)
  • HSA (Health Savings Account)
  • Some capital gains and losses, and
  • IRA and other retirement distributions or rollovers.
  • Filing status: Married Filing Separately
  • Income from taxable refunds, alimony received, rental income, and farm income.
  • Foreign-earned income.
  • Military income.

*For returns that are out-of-scope for our site, we are happy to refer you to another “Earn it! Keep it! Save it!” site that is capable of filing your return. To receive referrals, please call or email us.

To make an appointment to have your taxes prepared, please use our online scheduling system below. If you have questions about your tax appointment, please email us at: legalclinicvita@gmail.com.

***Our office opens for tax appointments on Monday, Feb 5, 2018*** 

BEFORE BOOKING: Make sure to read the appointment system homepage in order to correctly pick the right tax service required for your return. We cannot do out of state tax returns. Only federal and CA state.

All appointments start on the hour (example: 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM). Please show up on time for your appointment. If you are early, please wait outside until it is your turn. 

Bring ORIGINAL/PRINTED OUT COPIES of the following items to your appointment:


  • Social security card for each family member.
  • Photo ID for all filing members.
  • If you are filling married, bring your spouse.
  • ALL SOURCES OF INCOME THAT APPLY TO YOU (and your spouse if filing jointly).
    • This forms include but are not limited to the following: W2s (salary income), 1099-INT (interest from your bank), 1098-T (education tuition expenses), 1099-SA (HSA distribution), 1099-R (IRA, 401K, and other retirement distributions), and brokerage statements including the 1099-DIV (dividend income).
  • Your 2017 Federal tax return and (2016 tax return is recommended as well).
  • Landlord’s name, address, and phone if you paid rent in California for 2017 (to take advantage of a deduction).
  • A voided check for direct deposit (get refund in as little as seven days!)
  • Students: If you’ve paid for course required books and supplies, please bring receipts and or your accounting of the expenses as we may be able to use them for your benefit!