Free Tax Filing

Wednesdays, February 2 – April 6

The City of Irvine, in partnership with Orange County United Way (OCUW), is offering free tax preparation services to taxpayers who earned less than $60,000 in 2021. Qualifying taxpayers who live, work, or attend school in Irvine can receive help filing their taxes from IRS-trained and certified volunteers, who will also assist eligible taxpayers in applying for tax credits, including the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).

Dates and location:

  • February 2–April 6
  • Wednesdays, Noon–7 p.m.
  • Cypress Community Park Parking Lot , 255 Visions, Irvine

An appointment is required; no walk-ins will be accepted. Call Orange County United Way at 888-434-8248 for more information on EITC cash-back credits or to schedule an appointment. You may qualify to file your tax return virtually from the safety and comfort of your home. For more information please visit OCFreeTaxPrep.com.

Through support from Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Donald P. Wagner, Orange County United Way has been given access to a mobile workstation bus for their OC Free Tax Prep service, which will establish a convenient tax preparation site in the parking lot at Cypress Community Park. The use of a mobile workstation bus is part of OCUW modifications for health, safety, and security under COVID-19 protocols.

Taxpayers with internet access can choose to file their own federal and state tax returns online for free if eligible. For more information, visit OCFreeTaxPrep.com.

Part of this free filing service will include advising taxpayers on potential credits. The expanded California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), along with a similar federal credit, can provide additional funds back to workers when they file their taxes. Additionally, workers with children under age 6 may qualify for the Young Child Tax Credit, if they are working and their household income is less than $57,000. 

 

To prepare, bring copies of:

  • Picture Identification for you and your spouse (if applicable)
  • Social Security Card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) letter for everyone who will be listed on the tax return
  • All tax related documents: W-2s, 1099s, 1098-T, 1098-E, etc.
  • IRS Letter 6475 for EIP (Stimulus) payments
  • IRS Letter 6419 that provides the total amount of Advance Child Tax Credit payments that were disbursed during 2021
  • Health insurance letter Form 1095-A and Form 3895 California Health Insurance Marketplace Statement, if you have insurance through the MarketPlace (Covered California or Obamacare)
  • 2020 Tax Return
  • Childcare provider's name, address, Tax ID number, and phone number (if available)
  • Voided check for fast, secure and easy direct deposit.

 

How do I qualify for EITC?

If you earned less than $58,000 in 2021, you may be eligible to receive Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) worth more than $6,700!

  • You and your spouse (if filing jointly) must be U.S. citizens or residing aliens for all of 2021
  • Have a social security number valid for employment
  • Eligibility depends on marital status, household income, and number of qualifying dependents
  • Call 888-434-8248 to find out if you are eligible