Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers

By irs.gov

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Before going to a VITA or TCE site, see Publication 3676-B for services provided and check out the What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you. *Note: available services can vary at each site due to the availability of volunteers certified with the tax law expertise required for your return.

Some VITA sites offer CAA service to taxpayers along with their VITA program.

Find a VITA or TCE Site Near You

VITA and TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country. To locate the nearest VITA or TCE site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887.

When looking for a TCE site keep in mind that a majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide program. To locate the nearest AARP TCE Tax-Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.

At select tax sites, taxpayers also have an option to prepare their own basic federal and state tax return for free using Web-based tax preparation software with an IRS-certified volunteer to help guide you through the process. This option is only available at locations that list “Self-Prep” in the site listing.

Please note that when using the locator tools, you will be exiting IRS.gov.

Choose Your Option

VITA/TCE Locator Tool (button)   AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator Tool(button)

Three of Homeownership SF's member agencies are VITA sites! 

Asian, Inc

Address: 1167 Mission St, 4th Floor, SF, 94103

Phone: 415-928-5910 x 3

Site Dates: February 7th – April 13th

Site Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12pm – 4pm

Availability: By appointment

Languages: English, Cantonese, & Mandarin

 

Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)

Address: 2301 Mission St, 2nd Floor Room 203, SF, 94110

Phone: 211

Site Dates: January 30th – April 18th

Site Hours: Mondays – Fridays from 1pm – 7pm, Saturdays from 1pm – 6pm

Availability: By appointment, walk-in when available

Languages: English & Spanish

 

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)

Address: 4439 3rd St, SF, 94124

Phone: 415-822-1022

Site Dates: February 2nd – March 30th

Site Hours: Thursdays from 11am – 7pm

Availability: By appointment, walk-in when available

 

San Francisco Housing Development Corporation (SFHDC)

Address: 1030 Oakdale Ave, SF, 94124

Phone: 415-822-1022

Site Dates: February 11th& 18th, March 18th & 25th

Site Hours: Saturdays from 10am – 4pm

Availability: Walk-in only, first come first served