In Sonoma County, the Tax-Aide program of the AARP Foundation operates twelve sites, from Cloverdale to Petaluma, and from Sebastopol to the City of Sonoma. In Napa County, the program operates at two sites, in Napa and St. Helena. The program is entirely run by volunteers - approximately 100 - and charges no fees. The focus is on low and moderate-income households headed by those 50 and older, but the program serves people of all ages, and has no specific income limit.
If you're interested in volunteering, more information can be found here.
From May to October, the program operates a Tax Clinic in Rohnert Park, on Friday mornings. The clinic is for taxpayers who have a tax return they need to file, have a tax return that they want to amend, want assistance in understanding or responding to a notice from the IRS or California Franchise Tax Board, or just have a tax question or concern. Before you visit the Tax Clinic, or one of the regular sites during the tax season, please make sure that you're bringing all the documents that you need. You'll find a comprehensive list here.
The United Way of the Wine County also has two sites that are open after the regular 2017 tax season (limited to households with income of $54,000 or less):
* Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor: Free ITIN application and tax preparation services until October 15, 2017. By appointment only - call Elvia Vega, 707-490-2883
* Upvalley Family Services, 1440 Spring Street, St. Helena. Free tax assistance after May 15, 2017. Call for an appointment: 707-963-1919
You can also get help from Tax-Aide online.
If you just want to file your 2016 federal and state tax returns, and your household income for 2016 is $62,000 or less, you also have the option of filing for free, online.
Last updated: May 1, 2017. Comments and corrections? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org