Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax-preparation services to low-to-mid-income tax-filers. The Unity Council has partnered with St. Mary’s College and UC Berkeley to recruit business and accounting students to provide volunteer tax-prep services. All volunteers are IRS certified. Services are available in English and Spanish, and we can provide translation in Mam and Mandarin.

Our VITA site is now open through April 12th! To make an appointment Call (510) 535-6101 or email careercenter@unitycouncil.org.

VITA will be closed on February 18th, 2019 (Presidents Day) and April 1, 2019 (Cesar Chavez Day).

VITA Location

VITA has moved! For closer access to public transportation all VITA appointments will take place at the Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, located in the Fruitvale Village, just steps away from a major AC Transit hub and the Fruitvale BART station.

Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center, 3301 E 12th Street, Suite 201, Oakland, CA 94601.

Weekday Appointments:

By appointment only, Tuesday – Friday, from 10:30am – 5:00pm. Please call 510-535-6101 to make an appointment.

Saturday Appointments:

Saturday Service Dates: March 16th, March 23rd, March 30th, April 6th, April 13th. Saturday Service Hours: 10:30am – 3:00pm

VITA Drop-Off Service:

Drop-off service: Drop off your taxes every Monday, 10:30am – 5:00pm at 1900 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland CA 94601.

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable (example: unemployment benefits)
  • Optional: A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available

Contact:

VITA Site Coordinator
(510) 535 6101
careercenter@unitycouncil.org

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