Free Tax Preparation with VITA

If you earned less than $57,000 last year, you can have your income tax returns prepared for free through the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Certified volunteers will provide free tax assistance to low to moderate income taxpayers who require assistance with completing their tax returns.

Depending on your location, the process of this activity in Tzu Chi Regional offices may have changed in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Our new formats include in-person, drop-off, and virtual services. Please contact your local offices for more information, and visit TzuChi.us/Coronavirus for the latest information.

Trained community volunteers can assist with special credits, such as Earned Income Credit/Tax Credit (EIC/EITC), Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation also offers free electronic filing (e-filing), which allows taxpayers to receive their refunds in half the time when compared to returns filed on paper. The process is sped up even further with the option to directly deposit the refunds into a bank account.

Taxpayers must meet the following qualifications for free tax preparation:

  1. Total household income less than $57,000 USD
  2. Less than 5 stock transactions
  3. No rental income
  4. No 1040 NR (Nonresident Alien)
  5. No 1099-MISC claiming expenses
  6. No separate filing for married status
  7. No cash income.

Be sure to bring the following documents:

  1. Photo ID for you, spouse and/or dependent
  2. Social Security card or ITIN card for all family members
  3. All forms of W-2, 1099, and other income
  4. All forms and documentation for deductions, such as 1098 (Mortgage Interest), 1098T (Tuition Statement) and expenses, child care expenses and provider’s Tax ID number
  5. Previous year’s tax return
  6. Copy of voided check
  7. Health Insurance Card and/or 1095 form

You Could be Eligible for the Following Tax Credits​

  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Child and Dependent Care Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Education Credit

File Tax Returns Online

You may also file your own tax returns online for FREE.

Visit myfreetaxes.com

Locations

Tzu Chi El Monte: 9620 Flair Dr., El Monte, CA 91731

877-889-8244

Tzu Chi Cerritos: 14618 Carmenita Rd, Norwalk, CA 90650

877-889-8244

Tzu Chi San Jose : 2355 Oakland Rd., San Jose, CA 95131

408-457-6963

Tzu Chi Oakland: 301 13th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

510-740-5857

Tzu Chi New York: 137-17 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355

718-460-4590

Tzu Chi Washington D.C.: 1516 Moorings Dr., Reston, VA 20190

301-602-5825

Tzu Chi Philadelphia: 107 N 9th St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-627-1915

Tzu Chi Walnut: 1920 S. Brea Canyon Cut Off Rd., Walnut, CA 91789

877-889-8244

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