Free Tax Preparation
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Fremont VITA

VITA is a tax service focused on helping and educating the community. Individuals and families with annual income under $55,000 may qualify to have their taxes prepared and filed at no cost.

Our team is composed of certified tax experts volunteering their time and expertise to get your taxes done correctly.

New Tax Law Changes (Tax Year 2018)

Changes in tax law could increase your refund. For example, the new Child Tax Credit is now $2,000, an increase of $1,000. This could mean larger refunds for families with qualifying children.

 
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Schedule

Tax services begin January 30, 2019 to April 15, 2019.

Free tax services may be available for families and individuals with annual household income under $55,000.

 
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Fremont

Fremont Family Resource Center
39155 Liberty Street
Building EFGH
Fremont, CA 94538

Wed: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Thu: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

* Additional Hours:
4/15 (Mon): 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Walk-In Site

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Union City

New Haven Adult School
600 G Street
Union City, CA 94587

Sat: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

* Closed: Sat, March 9th

Walk-In Site

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Newark

Tri-Cities Career Center
Ohlone College Newark Campus
39399 Cherry Street
Room 1211
Newark, CA 94560

Tue: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Appointments Only

** Tri-City Volunteers is no longer open for tax services

 
 
 
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To Bring

Please bring all relevant income documents. We will be unable to begin your return if any key income information is missing.

Required

  • Social Security Card (or ITIN) for each person listed on the return

  • Photo Identification for you and your spouse if filing jointly

  • Your Spouse must be present to sign the return

  • Routing and Account Numbers for your Checking and/or Savings Account if direct depositing

  • Last Year’s Tax Return (Preferred)

Tax Forms (If Applicable)

  • Wages - W-2

  • Interest - 1099-INT

  • Dividends - 1099-DIV

  • Retirement Plans - 1099-R

  • Gambling Winnings - W-2G

  • Social Security Benefits - SSA-1099

  • Miscellaneous Income - 1099-MISC

  • Sale of Stock - Consolidated Form 1099-B

  • Tuition - 1098-T and a detailed Student Account Statement

  • Health Insurance Information - 1095-A,B,C

  • Rideshare Summary Page

Additional Deductions (May or may not apply)

  • Records of Charitable Contributions

  • Homeowner Mortgage Interest - 1098

  • Property Tax Bill

  • DMV Registration Form

  • Interest You Paid on Student Loans - 1098-E

  • Day Care Expenses you Paid for your Children - Bring Provider's Name, Address, & Tax ID or SSN

  • Landlord Info - Name, Address, and Phone Number

  • Business Incomes and Expenses

Special Considerations

Appointments Are Needed for the Following

  • Foreign Students with F, J, M, or Q Visas

  • In Need of an ASL Interpreter

  • Sale of Principal Residence

  • 16+ Stock transactions

Call Jane O'Hollaren at (510) 574-2026

Out of Scope

  • Married Filing Separately

  • Foreclosures / Short Sales

  • Expenses over $25,000 (for Sole Proprietors)

  • Business Losses

  • Depreciation Expenses

  • Home Office Expenses

  • Rental Income with Rental Expenses

  • IRA Conversions

  • Out of State Income

  • Non-Resident Aliens - 1040NR

  • Other Topics May Also Be Out of Scope

Volunteering

We recruit volunteers annually from September to December for the following positions:

  • Tax-Preparers

  • Screeners

  • Translators

  • Financial Advocates

Volunteers are expected to commit to at least one shift per week throughout the tax season.

We provide training for both new and experienced volunteers. Volunteers will need to attend training and certify before beginning their first shift. New tax preparers are partnered with an experienced preparer for their first few shifts of the tax season for on-the-job training.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact us through the form below.

 
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Contact Us

  • Tax Questions

  • Schedule Inquiries

  • Special Appointments

  • Complicated Returns

  • Volunteering

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