Need help filing your taxes?
You are not alone! On this page, you will find a list of free or low cost, in-person and virtual income tax preparation services, as well as information about about how the economic stimulus payment, unemployment, Cares 2.0 stipend, and other tax updates may impact your tax filing this year.
Tax filing opens February 12, 2021 | *EXTENDED* Tax filing deadline May 17, 2021
Tax Support Services in San Francisco/Bay Area
Tax-Aid offers free income tax preparation to people that earn less than $57,000 a year. Tax services are provided free of charge by volunteers who donate their time. Call 415-229-9240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more! For information about the economic stimulus during the COVID-19 pandemic, see Economic Stimulus FAQs. Tax-Aid also held a webinar about how “Pandemic Payments May Affect Your 2020 Taxes” — watch the recording on Youtube (17 min).
Support with Finances, Public Services, and Unemployment
The CPA provides services in Cantonese, Taishanese, and Mandarin. If you have questions about your taxes, unemployment benefits, or employee rights, you can call (415) 391-6986 to request a free and confidential consultation.
LAAW provides support for work conditions, pay, breaks, etc. in English, Chinese, and Spanish throughout the state. Search their helpline phone numbers list or call 415-404-9093 to make a phone appointment.
MAF seeks to offer financial stability to low-income families by facilitating zero-interest lending and simultaneous credit building. They provide multilingual financial services to immigrants, non-US citizens, youth, and low-income populations.
Wu Yee collaborates with the Human Services Agency and community service partners to help those who need access to public benefits including CalFresh, CalWorks, Medi-Cal, PG&E CA Alternative Rates for Energy, SF Recreation & Park Family Account Program, SF Working Families Credit, Paid Family Leave (PFL), and more.
How do I claim the Cares 2.0 Stipend in my taxes?
Many of you have received one or two educator CARES 2.0 stipends in 2020 and will receive a 1099 form for your taxes. Children’s Council mailed 1099 tax forms on January 23, 2021 to early educators who received a total payment of $600 or more.
If you received any of the following payments from Children’s Council in 2020, you will receive a 1099-MISC (Miscellaneous):
- CDE stipends (for educators who served state subsidized children in July 2020)
- CARES 2.0 stipend (for ELS-funded educators)
If you received any of the following payments from Children’s Council in 2020, you will receive a 1099-NEC (Non-employee Compensation):
- Local ELS subsidy payments: Voucher, Gap on Title 5, Preschool for All, MRA
- State Voucher subsidy payments
- QRIS Quality grants for ELS-funded programs
Please read the Children’s Council article “How do I understand my 1099 tax form from Children’s Council?” for more information. OECE offers translated information about tax resources and the Cares 2.0 stipend in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Am I eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC)?
For those who make $30,000 or less – it’s a really important time to file taxes and claim these benefits! The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and the Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) are state tax credits for working Californians. CalEITC4Me provides a range of printable materials to help you understand the Earned Income Tax Credit, so working families can get the most money back in their pockets this tax season.
What is the EITC? How do I get it? Check out their multilingual fact sheets to help you get the answers to these questions and more.
No Social Security number? No problem! Taxpayers with an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number), including undocumented immigrants, are now eligible for the CalEITC and YCTC. Visit CalEITC4Me.org or text EITC to 47177 to learn more.
The Governor also proposed an additional $600 via the Golden State Stimulus to anyone who receives the CalEITC. Families with kids under 6 can get an additional $1000. For more information, visit the CA Franchise Tax Board website.
US Government Tax Services
SF OFE offers support to individuals that live, work or receive services in San Francisco. Their Smart Money Coaching provides free, confidential, one-on-one, personalized financial guidance with a certified financial coach in locations throughout San Francisco. They also offer information about college savings and a “Know Your Rights” campaign.
IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals in multiple languages. The VITA program provides free tax help to people who generally make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers. The TCE program offers free tax help, particularly for those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.