Get FREE Tax Help: VITA program in Butte County Starts February 1st

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020

VITA Blog Graphic 2020 (1)Want FREE help with your tax preparation?  

Did your household earn less than $56,000 in 2019?

You are in luck! Starting February 1st and continuing until April 10th, 2020 you can head on over to one of the locations in Butte County, listed below, to get free help filing your 2019 Federal and State income taxes.

When you are planning your time, keep in mind that both spouses must be present if filing joint tax return.


You may be eligible for The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

Steps to take:

  1. Check the VITA schedule for the current year
  2. Choose the location that fits your needs (See below)
  3. Check the times or make an appointment if necessary
  4. Collect all necessary documents needed to complete your tax return (see below)

VITA Locations for Butte County:


CARD CENTER (MAP)   Closed: March 16th & 18th  

545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico, CA 95926

Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:00-4:00 p.m.

First Come, First Serve


DOROTHY F. JOHNSON CENTER (MAP) Closed March 14th & 21st  

775 E. 16th St., Chico, CA 95928

Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Feb 8th - April 4th, 2020

First Come, First Serve

Spanish & English Speaking



9319 Midway, Durham, CA 95938

Friday and Saturdays: By Appointment Only

Please Call: 530-345-1921, English Only

Starting: February 1st  – April 4th, 2020



Bell Memorial Union located on W. 2nd St., Chico 95928

Mondays and Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



2771 Pentz Rd. Orovile, CA 95965

By Appointment Only - Call (530) 433-9101


Information to Bring with you:

If you want to get the most out of the help from VITA volunteers, it’s important that you bring the necessary information. Without all the necessary information, your taxes cannot be completed. Some of the items that you need in order to successfully fill out your tax return include:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Card for you, your spouse, and dependents. If you don’t have a Social Security number, you will need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, or the proper proof of foreign status.
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • All of your income statements which may include W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
  • Interest & dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements (Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements)
  • Last year’s tax return, both federal & state (this gives the preparer a good place to start on this year's return)
  • Proof of bank account routing & account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • Total paid for childcare or eldercare. Please bring the provider's name & tax ID number
  • Both spouses must be present if filing joint tax return


The VITA program is sponsored by the Community Action Agency of Butte County.  One way to stay connected with the VITA program is to subscribe to the CAA blog and get email updates when the program starts each February. Sign up now or call Community Action Agency Butte County, Inc. at (530) 712-2883.


Learn how you can help our VITA program


Since 1967, the Community Action Agency of Butte County has been serving the needs of the region in alignment with the charter of the National Community Action Agencies overarching goal: To alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty by whatever means necessary in your community. As Butte County CAA, we provide hope to people struggling with poverty to become more self-sustaining by meeting tangible needs in the areas of energy savings, affordable food, and housing. Connect with us to find out how you can get involved.