VITA Program

VITA Program

VITA allows CRC the ability to assist low-income families and individuals to receive free income tax preparation on-site.

CRC IMPACT: In 2015, CRC’s VITA program was successful in completing 791 returns and returning $1,149,044.00 in total tax refunds, to individuals in our community- including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

Get your taxes prepared for FREE!

IRS-certified volunteers will prepare returns via the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for qualified individuals.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Income below $54,000
  • Complexity of return – Read More 

2017 VITA Schedule

Community Resource Center
656 Second Street
Encinitas, CA
Days: Wednesdays 1-6 (starting Jan 25)
Saturday 9-5

Goodwill Employment Services
414 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
Days: Mondays (Starting Feb 6)
Times: 11-4

Goodwill Employment Services
1056 East Vista Way
Vista, CA 92084
Days: Every other Tuesday- 2/7,2/21, 3/7,3/21, 4/4, 4/18
Times 11-4

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I use a VITA site?

  1. It’s free
  2. Prepared by IRS Certified volunteers (Bilingual volunteers available)
  3. Learn more about your return/learn how to complete your own return
  4. Ensure that tax credits (EITC, CTC etc.) are used if applicable

For more information on VITA please visit

Do I qualify for the VITA Program?

If you annual income is below $53,000 USD, you may be eligible for VITA depending on the complexity of your tax return. For more information on which documents the IRS will accept, will not accept, and what to bring, please review this document.

How do I access the VITA Program?

Traditional VITA site: face to face appointment with an IRS certified tax preparer where the tax preparer completes the return. Please view this document for what to bring.

Facilitated Self Assistance VITA: The taxpayer completes their tax return using a free IRS approved website:

How do I volunteer to help prepare returns?

Thank you for volunteering with us!
To volunteer, simply click the button below to sign up and select one of the following under “Assignment Preference:”

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Spanish/English Translator
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Greeter
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Preparer Volunteer
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteer Clerical Assistant
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteer Tax Quality Reviewer

Still have questions? Contact us today!

Community Resource Center VITA Program
650 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-8300 x1301