Chandler offers free tax preparation through early April

Jan. 31, 2019
Couple getting taxes prepared through the VITA program

Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is ready to assist residents during tax season. Each year Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign helps working families who earned less than $54,000 with free tax preparation and filing services. For the first time, the City has partnered with Mesa United Way to offer assistance at more East Valley sites.

Nine tax preparation sites located in and near Chandler will operate through Saturday, April 13. Free tax assistance will be available on a walk-in basis at the following locations, with the exception of one site that will take appointments only.

First Credit Union
25 S. Arizona Place
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays

The Chandler CARE Center
777 E. Galveston St. 
Noon-4 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
This site will be closed Saturday, Feb. 16 and March 15-23. 

AZCEND Chandler
345 S. California St.
4-7 p.m. Tuesdays

Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
2145 W. Elliot Road
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays 
This site will be closed Saturday, April 13. 

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Sun Lakes Center
25105 S. Alma School Road
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays
This site will be closed Friday, March 15. To schedule an appointment, call 480-895-9270, ext. 111 or 113. No walk-ins will be accepted at this location.

Salvation Army
85 E. Saragosa St.
6-9 Wednesdays

AZCEND Gilbert
132 W. Bruce Ave.
3-7 p.m. Thursdays

Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus
2626 E. Pecos Road, Room LIB-102
6-9 p.m. Tuesdays
This site will be closed Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14.

Chandler Hamilton Library
3700 S. Arizona Ave.
4-7:30 p.m. Mondays 
This site will be closed Monday, Feb. 18.

All sites will prepare basic tax forms on a first come, first served basis (with the exception of the Sun Lakes location). Interpreters also are available at some sites to assist Spanish-speaking residents. All volunteers are certified with the Internal Revenue Service and have completed the VITA training program. 

When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, all taxpayers must bring several items with them including W-2 forms, photo identification, Social Security cards (including those of all dependents) and more. Residents are encouraged to view the complete list of what to bring. The website also has locations of all East Valley VITA sites serving the community. 

For more information about the VITA program, contact Lauren Koll with the City’s Neighborhood Resources Department at 480-782-4358, or visit VITA.

General information:

Media contact:
Stephanie Romero
Public Information Officer