Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program | Actors Fund

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Our Los Angeles office offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) program, which provides free income tax preparation to low and moderate income entertainment industry individuals and families. In 2018 The Actors Fund will also be providing education and information about the new tax reform laws and how these new laws will affect entertainment industry professionals. Please check our calendar for upcoming workshops in March and throughout the year. 

We are sorry we cannot offer you a scheduled appointment time for 2018 VITA. All of the times are now booked.

You can walk-in on any of the 6 days VITA is operating. Please know walk-ins are on a first come first serve basis, time permitting. Walk-ins will fill all NO SHOWs, last minute cancelations and unexpected vacancies. Our intention and hope is to service as many walk-ins as possible, each day of operation. But there is no guarantee we would be able to service anyone if all appointments showed up.

VITA site details:
Location: The Actors Fund- Western Region – Los Angeles 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90036
Dates and Times: we will have 6 days of operation this season. (3) Thursdays and (3) Saturdays

Saturday March 3 | 10 am – 3 pm
Saturday March 10 | 10 am – 3 pm
Saturday March 24 | 10 am – 3 pm

Thursday March 8 | 3:30 –8:30 pm   
Thursday March 15 | 3:30 –8:30 pm
Thursday March 22 | 3:30 –8:30 pm

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. VITA helps individuals and families in our community to claim their possible tax refund.

VITA is hosted at The Actors Fund and is supported in part by contributions from Actors' Equity, SAG-AFTRA, the SAG-AFTRA 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.

Download the VITA Worksheet Packet

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:

  • In the last calendar year you are a low to moderate income earner
  •  union card holder
  •  Photo ID
  • Copy  or DVD of last year’s tax return
  • VITA CAN NOT PREPARE your return if you have the following types of income or assets:
  •  mutal funds or stocks - K-1’s; no gains or losses from stocks mutual funds or investments
  •  partnerships
  •  corporations
  •  rental income
  •  LLC
  •  Foreign income, or received money from foreign savings, or any interest in foreign properties.
  • Married :  Filing Separate

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.

By participating in this program, you agree to allow VITA to retain your personal information.

How to Get an Appointment to get My Taxes Done
Go to www.actorsfund.org
The VITA  appointment process is done entirely online. There are no exceptions.  The VITA site will OPEN on The Actors Fund website on February 6, 2018. At that time you will go through the prompts, agree to the terms of working with VITA, request an appointment and get your VITA WORKBOOK PACKET.  It must be complete BEFORE your appointment.  We hope you get an appointment and we look forward to seeing you here.  We understand that there are more people wanting appointments than we have the capacity to serve. We will do our very best to give as many people appointments as we can ensure will get seen. Please know we usually are able to see most walk ins on each open session of VITA.

 

My Free Taxes
Also available to anyone (not just entertainment industry people). If you earned $64,000 or under in 2017 you can prepare and file your federal and states taxes for free.  Visit:  www.MyFreeTaxes.org

This is open to anyone who earned $64,000 or under in 2017. If you have made over that annual amount of income there is a sliding scale fee to file your taxes. There is also a free hotline for support as you go by calling MYFREETAX Helpline at 1-855-MY- TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435) 

Eligibility

To make an appointment, you must meet the following eligibility criteria and provide the following documents. 

  • Proof in the last calendar year that you are a low to moderate income earner
  • Union card holder (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, IATSE)
  • Photo ID
  • Copy or DVD of last year’s tax return

VITA cannot prepare your return if you have the following types of income or assets:

  • Mutal funds or stocks, K-1’s; no gains or losses from stocks, mutual funds or investments
  • Partnerships
  • Corporations
  • Rental income
  • LLC
  • Foreign income, or received money from foreign savings, or any interest in foreign properties
  • Married: Filing Separate

If you have these types of needs on your tax return, 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.

By participating in this program, you agree to allow VITA to retain your personal information.

For Assistance, Please Contact:

The Actors Fund Western Region 
5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
vitala@actorsfund.org

If you do not live in the Los Angeles area, please visit our Financial Wellness page for other options related to tax preparation.

No appointments can be made in person or via telephone.