For legal assistance with federal income tax issues, the Legal Aid Society of San Diego holds regular tax clinics at the Downtown San Diego Law Library on the last Wednesday of the month from 12:30 pm to 3 pm. This is a walk-in clinic, no appointment necessary. The clinic helps with IRS wage garnishments, bank levies, audits, EITC denials, negotiated settlements and other problems.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free, individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 60 and older. They offer many clinics in San Diego County.
Services are available to lower income individuals who are involved in a federal or California State tax dispute. Federal issues include: collection actions, audits, earned income tax credits and offers in compromise. State issues include: appealing state income tax disputes with the California Franchise Tax Board, assistance at the Petitions stage of proceedings with the California Franchise Tax Board in disputes regarding sales tax and use tax. If you are interested in obtaining free assistance contact the USD Legal Clinics at (619) 260-7470.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.