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.

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.

registration is closed.

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.

This program is run by volunteers. If we acquire more volunteers and have more time slots open up, you will be contacted.

You must come to VITA with theVITA WORKBOOK PACKET complete and all documents required. 

The Actors Fund Western Region
5757 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Parking: We can validate parking in the garage connected to us, behind Marie Calendars.

Dates and Times:
Saturday, February 25   10:30 am–2:30 pm FULLY BOOKED
Saturday, March 4        10:30 am–2:30 pm FULLY BOOKED
Saturday, March 18      10:30 am–2:30 pm FULLY BOOKED

Thursday, March 2      3:30pm–8:00 pm FULLY BOOKED
Thursday, March 9      3:30pm–8:00 pm FULLY BOOKED
Thursday, March 23    3:30pm–8:00 pm FULLY BOOKED


 WWW.MyFreeTaxes.org  If you earned $64,000 or less in 2016 you can file your taxes for free by using this free URL provided to you by the IRS VITA program. This is open to anyone who earned $64K or less in 2016. If you earned over $64K in 2016 you can still use this program but will be charged a sliding scale fee based on your annual income.  


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

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.