Free Tax Preparation Assistance Programs


VITA Apppointments are open! Click the button below to schedule

Two sites available:

Oceano - Saturdays 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM - 1506 19th St, Oceano

Atascadero - Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Colony Park Community Center, 5599 Traffic Way, Atascadero

Click the tabs below to learn more about out tax programs!

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance is an IRS regulated program that allows eligible taxpayers to have their returns filed by a certified volunteer for Free!


Click Here to Volunteer for VITA through United Way!

Need Help using United Way of SLO County will be offering assistance using the software on to help you file your own taxes starting March 5, 2023!


Volunteers will be available to help you create an account and navigate the software as you prepare and file your taxes. Volunteers will not be completing your tax return.  Please review Preparation Checklist below.


  • Sundays beginning March 5th to April 16th (excluding Sunday, April 9, 2023)

Locations & Hours: 

  • County of San Luis Obispo County Libraries/SLO Branch- 10am-2pm
  • County of San Luis Obispo County Libraries/Arroyo Grande Branch- 11am-2pm
  • County of San Luis Obispo County Libraries/Los Osos Branch- 10am-2pm



Click to Download the MyFreeTaxes Preparation Checklist

(What you will need to file your taxes)

NOTE: Cell phone and email address required for account verification.


Want to file your taxes online from home using MyFreeTaxes?

Check out the video below to learn how!



Click Here to Volunteer for MyFreeTaxes Assistance



Did you know California has a tax credit for working families and individuals?

It’s called the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and it is modeled after the federal credit.

What is the CalEITC?

The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) is a cash-back refund and California’s supplemental boost to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. Research suggests the credit leads to long-term positive outcomes in health, financial stability, and education for working Californians. This week, we celebrate the power of CalEITC and call on community leaders across the state to help us connect even more eligible Californians to the credit, including those in San Luis Obispo County]. 


What is its impact?

More than 4 million Californians making $30,000 or less may be eligible for the credit in tax filing year 2022. Unlike the federal tax credit, CalEITC is eligible to both qualifying households filing with Social Security Numbers as well as with Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs).


With up to $3,417 from the CalEITC in tax filing year 2022 — and an additional $1,083 from the Young Child Tax Credit to qualifying households with children — hardworking Californians can use their life-changing cash-back refunds to do anything from paying bills and buying groceries, to paying down debt and getting on a path to financial stability.

Money back in your pocket from tax credits like #CalEITC can feel empowering when you’ve worked hard for what you’ve earned!


Thank You Congressman Carbajal for your continued support of our tax programs.

Tax Season Kick Off Event 2022

Thank you to the following FREE Tax Program Representatives for sharing your 2022 services and programs:

Trisha Daughtrey, Cal Poly VITA

Cary Gray, Northern Santa Barbara County United Way and Allan Hancock Collete

Rick London, CEO, United Way of SLO County

Riley Smith, VITA Program Manager, UWSLO

Vicky Van den berg, AARP

Linda Wingert, COO, UWSLO

Maria McGlothlin, Financial Stability Program Coordinator, UWSLO

Mohini Smith, Finance/Accounting Specialist, UWSLO





Thank you to our 2022 partners!

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