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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.

In collaboration with the IRS and community partners including CARD, the VITA Tax Assistance program recruits IRS-certified volunteers to provide free, basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing for our community's households who made between $0 and $65,000 in 2023.

VITA season has ended for the year! We are no longer intaking new clients for the season.


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