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We offer FREE personal tax preparation for low-income, English-limited individuals and families. Here's how you know if you qualify:

The Following Clients Qualify for Free Tax Preparation Services:

  • US Citizens or Green Card Holders who are legal residents of California or Employment Authorization Card Holders 

  • Income limit is under $60,000 

  • Simple tax returns include income sources such as: 

    • Wages 

    • Interest (up to $1,200 interest income) 

    • Investment income (up to $1,200 investment income) 

    • Retirement (1099 - R)

    • Retirement Income (SSA)

    • Unemployment 

    • Gambling Winnings 

    • Tips / Cash Income (With Proof) 

    • Out of California state returns (Except New York state) 

If you are a...

  • Military personnel and veteran - Thank you for your service! Please refer to your respective station for VITA service 

  • International Student - Welcome! Please refer to your college 

Sometimes In Scope:

  • Business Taxes (sole proprietorship)

The Following Clients DO NOT Qualify for Free Tax Preparation Services:

  • Non-Simple income sources:  

  • Investment/Stock losses (Net losses greater than $3,000 ($1,500 if MFS) will carry forward to future tax years)

  • Rental income 

  • Gambling Losing 

  • Tips / Cash Income (Without proof) 

  • New York state returns 

  • Itemized Deductions 

  • Over $6,000 on 1099 MISC 

  • Over $4,000 on investment income 

Additional Out of Scope Returns:

  • Taxpayers who cannot substantiate their identity

  • Individuals income Adjusted Gross Income (or AGI) is $60,000 or more

  • Business Taxes (LLC, CO, Inc.)

  • Married Filing Separately 

  • Rental Income 

  • Active & Veterans* 

  • International Students* 

  • Schedule K-1 Income 

  • Complicated 1099-MISC & 1099-NEC Income 

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