OC Free Tax Prep Blog

Expanding Free Tax Prep in Orange County

Orange County’s United Way is expanding free tax prep services around the county. Learn more about how these services can put more money in your pocket, and turn tax season into a vital financial lifeline for you and your family. Recent studies show that many U.S. households face steep financial vulnerabilities. In fact, more than… Read More »

Volunteer Tip of the Week: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) affects VITA?

Standard Deduction Amount Increased For 2018, the standard deduction amount has been increased for all filers, and the amounts are as follows. Single or Married Filing Separately—$12,000. Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er)—$24,000. Head of Household—$18,000. Due to the increase in the standard deduction and reduced usage of itemized deductions, taxpayer may want to consider… Read More »

Hop on the eBus for Free Tax Preparation this March in Costa Mesa, Buena Park or Westminster

Orange County United Way is bringing the eBus*, a self-powered mobile technology center, to three Orange County locations, Costa Mesa, Buena Park and Westminster, this March. The one-of-a-kind eBus serves as a hub for free tax preparation assistance to help more Orange County residents keep their hard-earned money. Staffed with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance… Read More »

Free Tax Prep in Costa Mesa

  Free Tax Prep in Costa Mesa with Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris Friday, March 1, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Costa Mesa Senior Center 695 W. 19th Street., Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Appointments are required and can be made by calling: (888) 434-8248 Households that earned less than $60,000 in 2018 are eligible for the free… Read More »

Are You a Senior? You May Qualify for Free Tax Prep

For some senior citizens, tax season can be a little bit of a chore—a strain to get returns filled out and filed with the IRS in the allotted timeframe. For others, it’s a true economic lifeline—a chance to get a much-needed tax return that can offset the cost of living. No matter which camp you’re… Read More »

For College Students in Orange County, Free Tax Prep De-Stresses Tax Season

When you’re a college student, and you’re facing your first-ever income tax return, it can feel a little overwhelming. The good news is, you don’t have to go through this process alone. To all college students in Orange County, we are proud to announce free tax prep services. These services are available via OC Free… Read More »

OC Free Tax Prep Offers Seasonal Solutions for Entrepreneurs

For self-employed business owners, tax season can be daunting, to say the least. It takes a lot of effort to get your taxes filed accurately and in a timely manner—to say nothing of time, which is always a scarcity for entrepreneurs. For eligible entrepreneurs in Orange County, however, there are resources available to make tax… Read More »

File Your Income Taxes for FREE At OCFreeTaxPrep.com [Video]

Orange County United Way partners with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other nonprofits and local businesses in Orange County to bring Orange County residence the OC FREE TAX PREP campaign. Those individuals and families that qualify can get free tax preparation and assistance throughout the website OCFreeTaxPrep.com. Watch to Orange County United Way’s President &… Read More »

How the EITC Can Put Money in Your Pocket

Many working families have to stretch every dollar and make every penny count. Even with good, steady employment, it takes careful budgeting just to keep up with bills and expenses—to say nothing of saving for college tuition, investing in a retirement account, and stashing away money for a rainy day. But what if there was… Read More »

Our Free Tax Prep Services Make Tax Season a Breeze

You work hard throughout the year—so when it comes to tax time, you naturally want to keep as much of your money as you’d like. Of course, that hinges on proper tax preparation, and on taking advantage of tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Thanks to Orange County United Way’s OC… Read More »

2019 Free Tax Prep Locations – Get Your Taxes For FREE

If your household income was less than $60,000 in 2018, you may be eligible to file your taxes for free! File your own taxes at MyFreeTaxes.com. Or, schedule an appointment at a free tax preparation site. Call one of the locations on the back of this flyer. If you worked in 2018 and your household… Read More »

Get FREE Money-Saving Tax Tip: Text MONEYBACK to 50503

You can now get money-saving tax tips from Orange County United Way’s OC Free Tax Prep sent directly to your mobile device by texting MONEYBACK to 50503 and all for free! Learn more about the program here. With tax season upon us once more, Orange County residents are seeking ways to get their returns completed… Read More »

Tax Preparation Checklist for 2019: What to Gather Before Filing in California

There are a lot of forms involved in filing taxes, so make sure you have everything you need before preparing your tax returns in California. Bring any documents related to income earned throughout 2018. Gather forms supporting available deductions or tax credits related to healthcare, childcare, education, and job expenses. With just a few weeks… Read More »

Can You File Your Taxes Online for Free in California?

Preparing and filing your taxes does not have to be costly if you use a free online tax filing program in California. Households earning less than $66,000 in adjusted gross income may be eligible. Earnings less than $55,000 may qualify families for the Earned Income Tax Credit as well as free filing. Free tax preparation… Read More »

Best Places to File Taxes Online in California

There are many options for filing taxes online in California, and OC FREE TAX PREP highlights two. Use MyFreeTaxes.com to prepare and file a basic federal tax return for free. Turn to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) for in-person help with preparing taxes and determining claims or deductions. Over the years, the process… Read More »

Is There a Minimum Income to File Taxes in California?

For many California residents, filing taxes is a requirement, but there can be some exceptions based on income and other factors. Individuals or families who do not earn a significant gross income may not have to file a federal income tax return, but there can still be advantages to doing so. OC Free Tax Prep… Read More »

Free Tax Preparation Services Benefit California Households [Testimonials]

OC Free Tax Prep is making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in Orange County. United Way’s free tax prep program provides services for low-income households to help them get the most out of their tax returns. Families are educated about Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and other refunds they may be… Read More »