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.
Please review the eligibility criteria below to assess if you are a candidate for this program.
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
- Rental income
- 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.