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River of Life Foundation is an IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) center that offers free tax help to people who make annual income $50,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers. Our IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

During the tax season, our VITA center is opened on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Appointment is required, walk-in not accepted. Please call 408-576-0877 to schedule an appointment. We speak English and Mandarin.

VITA Center Location:

River of Life Christian Church

1177 Laurelwood Road, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Appointment Center: 408-567-0877 (Tues -Fri: 10am- 6pm, Mon/Sat/Sun: Closed)

Taxpayers need to bring the following documents to the appointment:

  • One Photo ID for you and your spouse (California Driver License/California ID Card/Green Card/ Passport for non-US residents)
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or ITINs
  • For married couple filing joint return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Education expenses for you, your spouse, and dependents (Form 1098-T)
  • Wage and earning statement(s) from all employers (all W-2, 1098, and 1099)
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s Federal and State returns if available
  • Bank Routing Numbers and Account Numbers for Refund Direct Deposit (or a void check)
  • Charitable contributions, donation, home mortgage payment (interest and taxes-see Form 1098), and un-reimbursed medical expenses
  • Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s name, address, telephone number and Tax Identifying Number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number)
  • If renter, need landlord’s name, address, telephone number and Social Security Number or the Business Employer Identification Number

For more information about IRS’s VITA program or find a VITA center near you, please visit IRS’s website: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers

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