IRS - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program


Mission College has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  IRS-certified student volunteers provide FREE basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals & families who earn $54,000 or less for tax filing year 2017. 

Hours & Location

Beginning February 2nd, through April 13, 2018, the VITA tax site is open Fridays 9:00 -11:00am in the Gillmor Center Room-219 at Mission College (3000 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara).  Please note that the site will be closed February 16 and March 30 in observance of holidays.  This site is first-come, first-served with no appointments or waitlist.  Taxpayers are encouraged to park in Lot C or D and visit the VITA Location (Room 219) for a free parking pass. 

What to Bring?

Please bring all required items, without these documents the site may be unable to assist you. 

  • Proof of identification (photo ID) for each adult on tax return
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter may be substituted for you, your spouse and your dependents if you do not have a Social Security number
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • W-2s from all jobs held in 2017
  • All 1099s, 1098s and any other tax forms
  • List of calculated self-employment expenses
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Your household’s health coverage information (Health Coverage Statements: Forms 1095-A, B or C)
  • Child care provider information, if any (total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying numbers such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number)
  • Landlord’s name, address and phone number for CA Renter’s Credit
  • Last year’s tax return
  • Savings and checking account numbers, as well as routing number for direct deposit of refund 

To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. 

Alternate Locations

List of the other VITA locations in the bay area. 

Foreign Students

Please note that foreign students require specialized assistance not currently offered at our VITA site.  There is free assistance for you! 


Please contact the Faculty Advisor for this location, Teresa Thompson, at 408-855-5349 (or with any questions. 


The VITA program is offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Students that complete this program can volunteer to participate in the college’s VITA Site, assisting community customers in filing their state and federal income tax returns.  VITA student volunteers gain valuable experience that builds their resumes and makes them more competitive in the workforce.  If you are interested in being part of this program, enroll in ACC 053A or contact Teresa Thompson for additional information.