Accurately File Your Tax Returns

Reduce Your Tax Bill

See a Bigger Refund

Are you putting off filing your tax return?

Filing your tax return can be overwhelming, especially when you struggle to make ends meet. CAPK Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is a free program where IRS certified tax preparers will help you accurately file your tax return. If you qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), you may see a reduced tax bill or bigger refund.

Programs that help working taxpayers

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Free help filing your tax returns from trained, IRS-certified staff and volunteers.
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California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)

A cashback tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of working families and individuals.

How does CAPK tax assistance program work?

Make an Appointment

Call 2-1-1 to schedule a free appointment.

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Prepare Your Tax Return

Bring your information, and our trained and certified team will help prepare your tax returns.

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File Your Taxes

Our team will help e-file your tax return and ensure you receive all credits you qualify for.

Find a VITA location near you

See if you may be eligible for assistance

In 2021, we filed more than 4,500 tax returns, bringing $9 million back to Kern County taxpayers. We currently assist taxpayers with the following:

  • Tax preparation for tax years 2018-2022
  • ITIN applications and renewals
  • Recovering Economic Impact Payments 1-3, known as stimulus payments
  • Claiming Child Tax Credits and Earned Income Credit (for those eligible)
  • Understanding and responding to letters issued from the Internal Revenue Service and/or Franchise Tax Board
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What do you need to file your taxes?


What do you need to file your taxes?

Call 661-834-1724 to schedule an appointment with our VITA team.

  • Lines are open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  1. Picture ID for the taxpayer and their spouse (if applicable)
  2. Social Security cards or ITIN documentation for every person on the return
  3. All W-2s, 1099 and any other documentation of income (retirement, interest, dividend, etc.)
  4. All 1098 Forms for educational expenses
  5. 1095A Form for health insurance purchased through Covered California
  6. Childcare provider information:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Tax ID # or SSN
    • Phone Number
    • Amount Paid
  1. Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit
  2. Previous year’s tax return (not required, but helpful)
  3. Form 13614-C in English or Spanish

Stop Waiting.

Get help to file your taxes today.

CAPK VITA staff and volunteers provide year-round tax preparation and e-filing for low- and medium-income individuals and families at no cost. Our team is here to make sure you don’t feel overwhelmed or confused. Schedule an appointment today, so you can take advantage of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and other credits available for working taxpayers.