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VITA Tax Preparation Assistance

Taxes can be overwhelming at times. We are here to help if you need it. CAA has the privilege of coordinating this program year after year with an amazing group of volunteers who are qualified professionals. Each year we publish a schedule of the locations and times the program is available throughout Butte County.

Vita Service Availability and Schedule

Tax refunds on a tablet

As of May 23 2023, the VITA program is closed until next tax season.  Tax day has been extended for Butte County (and many other disaster areas) residents to October 16, 2023, but we encourage tax payers to file as soon as possible.  If you still need help filing your 2022 tax return, please check with JEDI in Mount Shasta or the CAA of Amador/Tuolumne in the section below.

The VITA Tax Assistance program recruits volunteers to help prepare taxes for our community's low-income, disabled, elderly, and limited-English-speaking households who made less than $60,000 annually.  Our program typically runs from February until Tax Day in April.  Please check back here and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates about the program.

IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Volunteers are specially trained to help identify if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), as well as other tax credits that can increase the amount of your tax refund.

If you're interested in volunteering or helping to prepare tax returns, our recruitment and training usually starts in the Fall.  You can email for details.

Tax Assistance at the Amdaor/Tuolumne Community Action Agency

3 convenient ways to file: 

  • In-Person (Sonora only)
  • Drop-off in either Jackson or Sonora
  • Virtual with an IRS certified tax preparer

VITA at JEDI Mount Shasta

General VITA Contact:

205 Chestnut Street, Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Open Mondays June 1st - October 15th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Other times by available by appointment. Please email Site Coordinator Patricia Lord at for the fastest response.

Tax Preparation Assistance (VITA): In collaboration with several community partners, including CSU Chico and CARD, CAA provides tax preparation assistance to hundreds of people each year, under an IRS-guided service known as VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $59,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. We help over 1200 families annually to file accurate tax returns, putting needed money back into their budget and benefitting our local community.

March 2018

We have had our taxes prepared by volunteers at Durham, California several years in succession. We have felt our small tokens of thanks are inadequate and wish to recognize these tireless, talented tax specialists by passing along our appreciation to the CAA.

I know they do not want to be reimbursed in any way and would be embarrassed at the mention, but I am sure our sincere gratefulness is shared by the many who avail themselves of their cheerful services.

Thank you for recognizing the Tax Preparation volunteers and for offering their services to us.

Tom and Cheryl, Biggs, CA

Interested in VITA?

Are you a tax professional interested in helping your community? 
CLICK HERE to find out more about the program and how you can help.

Because of the free service, I got my taxes filed on time, I knew they were correct, and I got a great refund. Thank you so much.  - THOMAS Q.

Our Track Record

The VITA program was founded in 1971 by Gary Iskowitz at California State University Northridge. The program grew from a small number of accounting students to a now nationwide program serving millions of taxpayers. Butte CAA has been a key partner since 2003 in the expansion of the VITA program in Butte County.

Since 2010:

  • We have helped over 10,000 families get their taxes filed.
  • Tax refunds resulted in over $8 million (prior to 2021) flowing back into their hands and into our community.
  • Until the COVID outbreak, the program has grown year over year, and we have served as many as 1,200 families annually.
  • CSU, Chico continues to see this as a great opportunity for their students to gain valuable hands-on experience.
  • We provide the required training for every volunteer to be fully equipped to help.

In the 2021 filing season alone, we served 492 families.

Download a Full Recap and Analysis of Filing Season 2022