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 2020 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

As the situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, The Actors Fund is continually evaluating how we can best promote the health and safety of our community while still providing access to our services.

We value the opportunity to bring people together to learn and grow. But with everyone’s health and safety in mind, it’s become necessary to close our Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York offices and temporarily transition our in-person program offerings to online and phone meetings only for the coming weeks.

For everyone's safety, The VITA Program at The Actors Fund Los Angeles will be canceling all remaining appointments & services. You can access Free Tax Return Preparation Volunteers on the IRS site and utilize the VITA Site Locator tool or access MyFreeTaxes.com which provides an online platform to file your return. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you next year.

 

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, other)
  • Photo ID
  • Copy of last year’s tax return
  • Completed VITA Organizer

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

  • Married: Filing Separate
  • 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

If you have these types of needs on your tax return, you will be turned away at your appointment. There are no exceptions.

If you have an IRA we can prepare your taxes.

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.