Free tax Preparation (VITA)

United Way Fresno and Madera Counties provides FREE tax preparations to low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and seniors. Tax returns are prepared by trained and IRS Certified volunteers at local community organizations. This season, our Free Tax Preparation (VITA) program has returned over $11 million back into the hands of the valley's working class. This money has the potential to help families get ahead and with our help, put them on a path to self-sufficiency.

Services begin Friday, February 1stand are by appointment only

Appointments fill up fast, to schedule dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-559-4211

 File online or in person

What to bring with you to your appointment

United Way wants to help you and your family build assets and be financially stable. If you make under $66,000 you can file at


United Way has enlisted the help of Central California Legal Services (CCLS) to help you in person with questions you may have when filing your own taxes. CCLS is a private, not-for-profit, public interest law firm established for the purpose of providing free civil legal assistance. 

California Earned Income Tax Credit (CALEITC)

CalEITC is a cash back credit that puts money back into the pockets of California's working families and individuals. The purpose of this credit is to supplement the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). 

United Ways across California have partnered with CalEITC4ME in order to help hardworking Californians receive the tax credit they may qualify for. This tax season, CalEITC will be available to approximately 1.7 million eligible families. 

The CalEITC4ME is a statewide outreach campaign to encourage low-income individuals, families, and seniors to claim the newly passed state income tax credit. In addition to a targeted outreach effort designed to reach previous and new taxpayers through trusted community partners, CalEITC4ME is embarking on an effort to increase awareness and availability for free tax preparation.