Tax Preparation

Metropolis of Chandler and Mesa United Method provide free tax preparation help

Feb 9, 2022

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The City of Chandler is partnering with Mesa United Way for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to help working families who earned less than $58,000 in 2021 with free tax preparation and filing services.

There are seven tax preparation sites located in Chandler that are currently operating through Thursday, April 14. Free tax assistance will be available either of the sites by either walking in or by appointment.

Appointments can be scheduled online at CV, selecting your preferred location site and checking date and time availability. Residents also may email Mesa United Way for an appointment or call 480-834-2122 (please leave only one message.)

  • AZCEND Chandler, 345 S. California St., 4-7 pm Tuesdays
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 2133 W. Elliot Road, 9 am to noon Saturdays, by appointment only.
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Pecos Campus, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Cholla Hall, Room CHO-106, 6-8 pm Wednesday
  • CGCC – Sun Lakes Center, 25105 S. Alma School Road, Sun Lakes, 10 am to noon Fridays. To schedule an appointment, call 480-895-9270, ext.113.
    This site will be closed on March 18.
  • Chandler CARE Center, 777 E. Galveston St., noon–4 pm Fridays; 9 am to noon Saturdays, by appointment only. Closed Feb 19, March 19 and 26.
  • First Credit Union, 25 S. Arizona Place, Suite 111, 9 am to 1 pm Tuesdays, by appointment only
  • Salvation Army, 85 E. Saragosa St., 6-9 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Some VITA sites will prepare basic tax forms by appointment only. Others are for walk-in service with no appointment needed. Interpreters also are available at some sites to assist Spanish-speaking residents. All volunteers are certified with the Internal Revenue Service and have completed the VITA training program.

When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, residents must bring several items with them including W-2 forms, photo identification, Social Security cards (including those of all dependents) and more. Prior to your appointment, it’s important to review the complete list of what to bring you your appointment, as well as review the details for tax return drop-off and pick-up as noted online at CV.

Residents are encouraged to view the complete list of what to bring at CV. The website also has locations of other East Valley VITA sites serving the community through Chandler’s partnership with Mesa United Way.

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, these safety measures must be followed:

  • Face masks (covering mouth and nose) must be worn in the office at all times. All clients are expected to provide their own masks;
  • Social distancing (six feet apart) must be maintained at all times.
  • Maximum of two people – please do not bring children to the tax appointment;
  • Anyone experiencing any signs or symptoms of any illness must stay home.

As an alternative to an appointment, the public is always welcome to use My Free Taxes to file basic taxes for free.

In addition, the Downtown Chandler Library is hosting AARP Tax-Aide now through April 18. Tax-Aide helps taxpayers file personal tax returns for free. Their focus is on taxpayers 50 and older, but there is no age requirement and AARP membership is not required. Appointments are available 9 am to 1 pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; and 3–7 pm Wednesday, and you must make a reservation in advance for an appointment. To schedule and learn how to prepare for an appointment, visit Chandler Library.

For more information about the program, visit CV or Mesa United Way. The public also may contact Don Jensen with Mesa United Way at 480-834-2113, or Lauren coll with the City’s Neighborhood Resources Department at 480-782-4358 with questions or concerns.

Media contact:
Stephanie Romero
City of Chandler, Public Information Officer
480-782-2231

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