Free Tax Preparation Programs

We are getting ready for our 2023 tax programs! VITA will begin on February 11 and appointments are now open!

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


MyFreeTaxes will begin March 5, no appointments required.




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

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

Tax Season Kick Off Event 2022



You can also get help using from 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! 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.


  • 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)

Also required are the following:

1) Email Address

2) Cell Phone (for account verification)





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.

California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) 

In addition to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, a state Earned Income Tax Credit is now available for families in California. Signed into law in 2015, California’s new EITC is available for households who meet income eligibility. About 3 million California families and individuals may qualify for this credit in 2022. Who should you know?

  • If you file with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) or someone in your household has one, you might now qualify for the credit if you otherwise meet eligibility criteria.
  • A worker earning $30,000 or less may qualify for the credit. That's equivalent to a full-time worker earning about $15/hr.  
  • Up to additional $1,000 for qualifying families with young children under 6.
  • Self-employment income may qualify for the credit. Both 1099 filers and cash earners qualify. 
  • Adults 18-24 and those over 65 with no dependents qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit. 

Calculate your CalEITC!

Learn more at The California Budget and Policy Center


Check out this video from CA Franchise Tax Board for info on CalEITC:


For more information about EITC and to find out about free tax prep services:

  1. Visit

  2. Call 2-1-1

  3. Text “TAXES” to 211-211


Click our Tax-Time calculator below to see if you qualify for credits this year!

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