What could $8,000 do for your family?
File your taxes online for free with United Way and get the tax credits you’ve earned.

Families like yours can get cash back from state and federal credits through United Way California Capital Region’s Free Tax Prep program. If your 2021 household income was less than $65,000, we can help you maximize your refund and save you an average of $200 in tax preparation fees – all through a safe and secure process.

Find Out If You Qualify for Free, Online Tax Prep

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We offer a self-preparation option to securely and safely file your taxes online for free.

Additional Resources

General Tax Workshops are available to those who are interested in learning how to prepare their own taxes.

These workshops provide free tax help virtually. The two virtual tax workshops will be held on March 12 and March 26. Registration is available for both below.

Our partners at SMUD will be available to speak about their Residential Assistance discount programs and services and other community resources that can help during these times as well as our partners from Financial Empowerment Center to answer general questions and schedule financial counseling and coaching sessions.

Mar 12: Register Here

Mar 26: Register Here

Do It Yourself Tax Events | In-Person

Mar 18: 2 PM – 5 PM

Workshops are available to provide free tax help in person. To register for our in-person event on March 18, 2022, participants will need to call 2-1-1 (916) 498-1000)to register.


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In partnership with VITA and United Way, SMUD is here to help you during these difficult times. We understand the lasting impacts of the pandemic and continue to make every effort to help our customers keep their power on. To prevent disconnections, please take advantage of our financial assistance programs, flexible payment plans and other community resources to help you with your SMUD bill. Learn more at http://smud.org/HereToHelp. For eligible low-income customers, we offer the Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR). This program provides eligible customers with a monthly discount based on household size and income at the time of application.

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Sacramento’s Financial Empowerment Center offers free, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching to address your unique circumstances.

  • Access needed resources
  • Improve credit
  • Reduce debt
  • Save money for emergencies and opportunities (home purchase, business development, education, retirement)
  • Find and use safe, affordable and convenient financial services and products
  • Learn budget skills
  • Identify resources to help you save money — free tax preparation, housing support, home energy assistance

Caring support from trained professionals to achieve your financial goals. Click here to watch a short video.

No income restrictions, FREE to all Sacramento County residents. Services available in English and Spanish, with interpretation available in other languages upon request.

To request an FEC navigation or coaching appointment, email [email protected] or call 916-808-4927. All appointments will be remote via phone or video at this time.


For nearly 100 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought local people together to make community change happen. With a mission to build stronger, healthier and more compassionate communities, we start at square one to end poverty in our region: helping every family succeed so their community can too.

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Aspen Sell

Filing your taxes on your own can be a lot of work. Not only do we help clients prepare their taxes for free, but we also educate them. As a volunteer, I’ve been able to help our community file for free and learn how to do my own taxes.

Learn more about becoming a Free Tax Prep volunteer

FAQ

Do you have any information about COVID-19 relief payments?

The IRS has sent Economic Impact Payments to many individuals. For the latest information about these payments, please visit the IRS website.

Curious about your Golden State Stimulus I or Golden State Stimulus II?

Are you offering any in-person appointments at this time?

For the safety of our clients and volunteers, at this time, we are offering online, virtual filing assistance only.

If I choose to file with assistance, what is the process?

The first step is to complete the online questionnaire and upload your documents, which can take as little as 30 minutes. A United Way volunteer will then schedule a call with you within two to three days to review your information and prepare your tax return. A second volunteer will set up another call with you to review your tax packet and confirm all information has been received and is correct. Finally, you will receive your final packet and sign through your online portal.

What do I need to get started?

Your driver’s license or other photo identification, your social security card, a W-2, 1099 or earned income statements, last year’s tax filing documents, dependents’ social security card, childcare records, medical expenses, and educational expenses. Learn more here.

How much money could I receive back on my taxes?

You may qualify for up to $6,500 in CalEITC and federal Earned Income Tax Credits if your household earned less than $30,000. Plus, families with children under the age of 6 may also qualify for an additional $1,000 with the new Young Child Tax Credit. Learn more.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes. We protect your personal information and all tax returns are confidential. We do not share your data with any third parties.

How do you certify your volunteers?

All of our volunteers are IRS-certified and must complete mandatory training.

Does it cost me anything to get my taxes done?

No. Our services are completely free for individuals who qualify.

Why should I use your free tax services?

We can help you save money and get money back on your taxes.*

On average, our clients save $200 in preparer fees. Plus, our team will help you maximize your return, often earning clients thousands of dollars in credits through CalEITC and federal Earned Income Tax Credits. Last year, we helped 9,000 families in our region file for free and claim more than $11 million in credits.

*Amount varies based on filing status and qualifying children.

Can you help me if I don’t speak English?

You will need to choose the option, “I need assistance filing my taxes.” At that point, you can navigate the website in English or Spanish. When a volunteer calls you after receiving your documents, you can request assistance in English, Spanish or Russian.

Is tax help available year round?

We recommend that you file your return on-time to avoid any penalties and late fees.

I need older tax returns prepared. Can you help me?

Through our virtual filing program, we can assist clients needing to file 2019, 2020 and 2021 tax returns.

What if I don't qualify for online filing assistance?

Prepare your tax returns at myfreetaxes.com, a free resource for preparing most basic tax returns for both federal and state filing.

Questions on the Advanced Child Tax Credit (ACTC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), or Credit for Other Dependents (ODC)?

You can find out what you need to know about the Child Tax Credit (CTC), the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) the refundable portion, and the Credit for Other Dependents (ODC) at the IRS Website.

Advance payments were sent automatically to eligible people. View the amounts received HERE.