Free Tax Help

The 2017 tax season is now over, but we look forward to serving your tax needs for 2018. Check back at that time for updated information on free tax preparation sites and how to apply for federal, state, and local tax credit programs that may help you earn more money back.

We partner with United Way Bay Area to offer free tax preparation services to low-to-moderate income individuals and families. Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified experts at select HSA service centers and local community organizations. Last year, we helped more than 11,000 San Franciscans get back $1,500 on their tax returns (on average) for free! 

Money you earn from federal, state, and/or local tax credit programs can be used for vital necessities such as getting ahead on household bills, starting a savings account, buying new clothes for your children, and paying for health care costs. Claiming these credits will not affect your eligibility to receive benefits through other HSA programs, including CalWORKs, CalFresh, or disability, and are not counted as income. 

The most important thing you need to do is file your taxes, and we are available to help! Check back during the 2018 tax season for details.

    Get More Money Back: Apply for Tax Credits

    Every year, it is estimated that over a billion dollars in federal tax credit funding remains unclaimed by those that need it most. In addition, hundreds of thousands of working Californians that qualify for the state Earned Income Tax Credit (Cal EITC) fail to claim the it.

    Visit one of our free tax preparation sites to have a tax preparer help you determine if you qualify for the following money back: 

    California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC)
    Up to $2,700 back
    Workers can claim the CalEITC any time of year, not just during tax season. Visit the CalEITC website to learn if you may be eligible.  

    Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
    Up to $6,300 back
    Visit the IRS website to find out if you qualify, or use their EITC Assistant to pre-screen your eligibility.

    San Francisco Working Families Credit (WFC) Program
    Up to $250 back
    If you're eligible for the Federal EITC, you may also qualify for the WFC. Learn more and find out if you may be eligible.

    Child Tax Credit (CTC)
    Up to $1,000 back per child 
    Find out if qualify online and download the Child Tax Credit Form.  

    Free Tax Sites

    Visit a Free Tax Preparation Site:
    As we near the 2018 tax season, check back for information on HSA's free tax preparation sites and other free tax sites in the city.

    HSA's Tax Partner, MEDA, operates year-round at 2301 Mission Street. Call 2-1-1 (or 1-800-273-6222) to confirm their hours of operation.