Free Tax Prep

Free Tax Prep LA made easy!

The City of Los Angeles offers its residents the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a federal program which offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals at various Family Source Centers throughout Los Angeles. File at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and keep more of your money.

How Use to the Free Tax Preparation Service

Claim what’s yours!  If you make less than $55,000, you may qualify for up to $9,310 cash back in combined state and federal earned income tax credits -- but only if you file.

Make a Free Tax Prep appointment today. See hours and locations. Call the Family Source Center near you, and make an appointment using the contact information provided on this list.

For a full list of dates and locations for Free Tax Prep Services at select LAUSD schools, visit www.lamayor.org/FreeTaxPrep.

Preparing for Your Tax Filing

What to Bring to For Your Tax Filing

(Source: IRS.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers)

  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • 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)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available
  • 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 and C, Health Coverage Statements
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable

About Family Source Centers

WHAT IS FAMILY SOURCE?

The FamilySource System is comprised of a network of 16 one-stop community centers, known as FamilySource Centers (FSC).  The FSCs are located in high need areas of the City and provide a myriad of braided social, educational, work and family support services designed to assist low-income families to become more self-sufficient by increasing family income and academic achievement for youth and adults.

FREE SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Multi-Benefits Screening
  • Information and Referral
  • Case Management
  • Financial Education and Coaching
  • Credit Building
  • Income Tax Preparation
  • Incentivized Savings Programs
  • Adult Education
  • Computer Literacy
  • ESL Classes
  • Pre-Employment and Employment Support
  • Immigration Services
  • Parenting Classes
  • College Corner
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership Training
  • Art & Cultural Activities
  • Civic Engagement

The FSCs also host various community meetings, special events and activities, and provide volunteer opportunities for residents.

WHO FAMILYSOURCE CENTERS SERVE?

Low-income city residents with primary focus on families with children in middle and/or high school

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING TO ACCESS SERVICES:

  • Proof you live in the City of Los Angeles
  • Proof of Income
Family Source Centers
Boyle Heights • El Centro de Ayuda
(323) 526-9301
El Sereno/Lincoln Heights • Barrio Action Youth & Family Center
(323) 211-0779
Echo Park/Cypress Park • El Centro del Pueblo
(213) 483-6335
Hollywood • Youth Policy Institute
(323) 836-0055
North Valley • New Economics for Women
(818) 887-3872
Pacoima • El Nido Family Centers
(818) 896-7776
Southeast • All People’s Community Center
(213) 747-6357
Southeast/Watts • Watts Labor Community Action Committee
(323) 357-6262
Southwest • El Nido Family Center
(323) 998-0093
Southwest/Florence • The Children’s Collective, Inc.
(323) 789-4717
Van Nuys • New Economics for Women
(818) 786-4098
West Adams • 1736 Family Crisis Center
(323) 737-3900
Westlake/Pico-Union • Central City Neighborhood Partners
(213) 482-8618
West Los Angeles • Latino Resource Organization
(310) 578-6069
Wilmington/San Pedro • Toberman Neighborhood Center
(310) 832-1145 ext. 106
Wilshire • P.F. Bresee Foundation
(213) 387-2822

 

Find a Family Source Center Near You!

Click here for a list of Family Source Center.