Accounting

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

2024 VITA Program Information

The College of Business Administration's Accounting Department has been preparing individual income tax returns through the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for several years. VITA is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), California Franchise Tax Board (FTB), the Cal Poly Pomona Accounting Department.

All returns are prepared by Cal Poly Pomona juniors and seniors and recent alumni who have gone through extensive training and have passed the IRS volunteer examinations. These volunteers are supervised by Cal Poly Pomona faculty members who are also certified public accountants.

The College of Business Administration Accounting Department's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free income tax preparation/assistance to taxpayers whose gross income is $60,000 or less. We will be unable to provide you with assistance if your 2023 return involves any of the following:

  • Schedule C with losses.
  • Complicated and advanced Schedule D (capital gains and losses).
  • Form SS-5 (request for Social Security number).
  • Form SS-8 (determination of worker status for purposes of federal employment taxes and income tax withholding).
  • Form 8606 (non-deductible IRA).
  • Form 8615 (minor’s investment income).
  • Taxpayers who will be electing “Married Filing Separate” status.

Taxpayers meeting the program eligibility requirements must bring the following items:

  • Photo identification (i.e., valid driver's license).
  • Social Security number(s) and dates of birth for you, your spouse and dependents.  If you do not have a Social Security card, please bring your ITIN, or we can obtain one for you if you have not applied for one.  It is critical that each person use the correct Social Security number.
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, etc.).
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks, etc. (Forms 1099).
  • All current tax documents and forms including items relevant for determining income and expenses.
  • Date acquired, cost, date sold and selling price for stock sales; brokerage account statements may be helpful.
  • For day care: Provider's name, number, address and telephone number, as well as the amount paid for day care.
  • For renters: Name, address and phone number of landlord.
  • A copy of last year's federal and state income tax returns, if available.
  • For direct deposits: copy of a canceled check that shows bank account number and routing number.

If you plan to file a joint return electronically, both spouses must be present to sign the required IRS and FTB forms.

We do not retain copies of your tax returns or supporting documentation.  It is important for you to retain copies of these items for your records.  Once the VITA program ends, VITA volunteers will not be available to answer your income tax questions. We suggest that all tax return-related inquiries be directed local tax professionals (e.g., certified public accountants, enrolled agents, etc.) or the appropriate taxing authority (e.g., IRS, FTB)

Walk-in tax preparation available:

Baldwin Park Library
4181 Baldwin Park BIvd.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
Time: 12pm-5pm
Dates: 2/3/24, 2/17/24, 3/9/24, 3/30/24

 

Duarte Library
1301 Buena Vista St.
Duarte, CA 91010
Time: 12pm-5pm
Dates: 2/10/24, 2/24/24, 3/16/24, 4/6/24

 

Sunkist Library
840 Puente Ave
La Puente, CA 91746
Time: 12pm-5pm
Dates: 2/17/24, 3/2/24, 3/23/24, 4/13/24

 

Pomona Public Library
625 S Garey Ave
Pomona, CA 91766
Time 11am-4pm
Dates: 2/3/24, 2/10/24, 2/17/24, 2/24/24, 3/2/24, 3/9/24, 3/16/24, 3/23/24, 3/30/24,
4/6/24, 4/13/24

 

Notes: For International Students, please come to Pomona Library for your returns. 

* Day One Sites: Appointment only. To schedule an appointment,  please email angelique@godayone.org 

*All locations are walk-in except Day One. 

If you would like to try finding other free tax preparation sites, visit the IRS Free Tax Preparation Website

*Do not send any personal or financial documents.
*We strongly advise not to call our office number or leave a voicemail.

Below are the annual VITA reports from past years:

2024 VITA Frequently Asked Questions

You may be eligible if you, and your spouse, earned a total gross income of less than $60,000 during the tax year.

If you are an active-duty military or a veteran, the income threshold does not apply to you as well as other tax situations listed below such as rental income.

The following tax situations may disqualify you from our services:

  • Income from foreign sources, rental property, or Schedule K-1s
  • Married couples with no dependents filing separately
  • Registered domestic partners who want to file jointly
  • Specific business expenses:
    • Business use of home
    • Actual expenses for vehicles
    • Employees
    • Inventory and cost of goods sold
    • Depreciation
    • Businesses with a loss
    • Any cancellation of debt where the taxpayer filed bankrupt or was insolvent immediately before the debt was canceled
    • International students or nonresident aliens who:
      • Have dual-status citizenship
      • Income earned from a 1099-MISC, self-employment, gambling, or rent/royalties

While this list may not be inclusive, these are the more common scenarios that may disqualify most people from VITA services

We are able to prepare individual income tax returns for the year 2022, including foreign student returns.

Due to our limited capacity and the IRS is temporarily not accepting paper returns or correspondence, we are currently not offering the following services:

  • Tax returns prior to 2022
  • Amended returns
  • ITIN applications and renewals
  • IRS or FTB letters

These services may be offered in the future depending on the operations of the IRS.

For a smooth and efficient tax preparation process, we ask you to gather the following relevant documents prior to scheduling an appointment:

  • Proof of identification for you and/or your spouse
    • Both spouses must be present during the identity verification process of the tax return
    • For International Students, you will also need your Visa and I-9
  • Social Security cards or ITIN cards/letters for you, your spouse, and/or dependents
    • You may substitute this with a 1099-SSA, IRS transcript, or your prior year tax return done by CPP VITA
  • Wage and income forms such as:
    • W-2 or W-2G Gambling Winnings
    • 1099-MISC and a list of business expenses relevant to self-employment work
    • 1099-B, DIV, or INT
    • 1099-G Unemployment Compensation
    • Cash
  • Information for other income
  • Form 1098-T Tuition Statement and any other educational expenses
  • Information for deductions
    • IRA contributions
    • 1098-E Student Loan Interest
    • 1098 Mortgage Interest
    • Real estate taxes
    • Charitable contributions/deductions
  • Amount paid to daycare provider and their tax ID number
  • Forms 1095-A, B, or C for health coverage
  • Copy of last year's tax return, if possible
    • For returning clients, let us know what location you visited
  • Bank routing and account number for direct deposit or debit.