Help your community get and keep more of their hard-earned money! Volunteers interested in assisting in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program in 2020 are needed! We are looking for experienced tax preparers who can assist at each of our VITA sites in Chico and Durham. You can help people with low to moderate income file their taxes, and at the same time you’ll help taxpayers get tax credits and deductions that they’re entitled to receive. Take a look at how much our VITA volunteers saved people last year...
Want FREE help with your tax preparation?
Did your household earn less than $54,000 in 2018?
You are in luck! Starting Monday, February 4, 2019 and continuing until April 6th, 2019 you can head on over to one of the locations in Butte County, listed below, to get free help filing your 2018 Federal and State income taxes. Last year we filed over 1,200 returns for over $1 Million in refunds!
The VITA program exists as an ongoing partnership between Butte CAA and Chico State. Planning for the VITA program got off to a late start this year due to the Camp Fire. Chico State found themselves with only one of the two desired student directors and underfunded to pay for the second. Butte CAA stepped in and provided $2500 to Chico State, which enables us to have a full VITA program this year. Dr. Tim Kizirian, head of the Accounting Department of the College of Business at Chico State expressed his gratitude saying, "with the $2500 from your outreach, we can have a paid second director for this VITA season and hopefully have the same impact as last year. THANK YOU, this is an amazing surprise!" He even went on to say "CAA saved the day!"
We are so excited to have the program running at full strength again this year. If you meet the income qualifications, here's the next steps to take:
When you are planning your time, keep in mind that both spouses must be present if filing joint tax return.
Steps to take:
- Check the VITA schedule for the current year
- Choose the location that fits your needs (See below)
- Check the times or make an appointment if necessary
- Collect all necessary documents needed to complete your tax return (see below)
In coordination with Chico State and other community partners, Butte CAA helped 1,207 people file their 2017 taxes for FREE. That accounts for over 1 Million dollars in tax refunds coming back to Butte County residents. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, also known as VITA was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. Butte CAA has been a key partner since 2003 in the expansion of the VITA program in Butte County.Read More
The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program has been a huge success so far this year and we are still offering this free tax filing assistance through April 4th! This important program would not be possible without the community volunteers who lend their time and expertise to this worthy cause. We want to say THANK YOU to all the volunteers for their hours of training and hard work.
What is VITA?
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with household incomes of $54,000 or less at no cost. VITA program provides free tax return preparation completed by volunteers who have been trained and certified by the IRS. In many cases, these volunteers are accounting students, who are receive valuable hands-on-experience as well as opportunity to provide a service to their local communities.
The program was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. The program grew from a small number of accounting students to a now nationwide program serving millions of taxpayers.Read More