VITA Program

VITA in Los Angeles 2014

VITA will be open to request tax assistance appointments via our website on February 4,  2014. There is NOTHING you can do at this time. Check back on February 4 to request an appointment via our website. No appointments can be made in person or via telephone. There will be 6 days of free tax preparation being offered starting the last week of February – March.

Please know that IRS Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare returns for this program. NO ONE on THE ACTORS FUND staff has expert tax knowledge. If you need connection to community based organizations for tax questions or support please call The Actors Fund Intake Line at (323) 330-2455.

The Entertainment Industry  Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program provides free income tax preparation to low and moderate income entertainment industry individuals and families. IRS Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare returns. Our goal is to ensure that all individuals and families claim their possible tax refund and take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit that can often be overlooked.  VITA is hosted at The Actors Fund Western Region office in Los Angeles and is supported in part by contributions from AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SAG Foundation and IATSE to assist their members. Volunteers go through an IRS certification process to be eligible to prepare taxes with clients. None of the Volunteers are paid to provide this assistance. In 2013 we were able to provide 102 clients with free tax preparation and filed over 225 Federal and State returns.

Please READ: you must meet the following eligibility criteria and be able to provide the following documents. You will NOT be seen unless you are able to provide the following:

  • Proof that in the last calendar year you are a low to moderate income earner
  • Union card
  • Photo ID / Social Security card
  • Print or Digital Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Completed VITA Tax Preparation Packet – CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the packet

PLEASE NOTE: VITA CANNOT PREPARE YOUR RETURN if you have the FOLLOWING TYPES of income or assets or filing status. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these rules.

  • Married: filing separate
  • You have mutual funds or stocks - K-1’s; ( no gains or losses from stocks mutual funds or investments)
  • Partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Rental income
  • LLC
  • You earned foreign income, or received money from foreign savings, or any interest in foreign properties.

If you just have an IRA we can prepare your taxes.

If you have these types of needs on your tax return need, please know you will be turned away at your appointment. There are no exceptions.

Neither the Volunteers nor their sponsoring unions receive remuneration for the assistance you are receiving. They are NOT LEGALLY LIABLE FOR THE RETURNS IN ANY WAY. Responsibility for the accuracy and completeness rests solely with the person(s) filing the returns. Should the return(s) be selected for audit by the IRS or any state agency, you will need to seek professional tax representation. VITA will not be able to represent you in this process.

Volunteer to become a VITA Tax Preparer
Join the team of fantastic volunteers making a difference in the lives of entertainment industry professionals!  To become an VITA Tax Preparer volunteer please contact Tina Hookom, LCSW-Director of Social Services – Western Region The Actors Fund, (323) 330-2413 or thookom@actorsfund.org. To become a volunteer tax preparer there are certifications required to pass before you can prepare taxes.

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