Bookstein Institute

For Taxpayers

Welcome to the CSUN VITA Clinic!

The CSUN VITA Clinic offers free tax preparation services to people with household annual income of $54,000 or less.

 

When and Where are Services Offered?

Our trained student volunteers are available six days a week during the tax season. The CSUN campus is our main site, which operates Monday through Tuesday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Wednesday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. On Saturday, the CSUN VITA Clinic is open for service at 9 remote sites in the community including Pacoima, Friends of the Family, Canoga Park, Van Nuys, Panorama City, Las Palmas, City of San Fernando, Sun Valley and North Hollywood.

Click HERE or on a facility name to schedule an appointment

Below please find a list of our sites along with their opening hours:

Facility

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) - Main Campus

Address

 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, Bookstein Hall Room 1111

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Directions

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Click here to schedule an appointment

Click here to schedule an appointment if you are a foreign student  

 

Facility

 

Address

 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, Women's Resource Center

Hours of Operation

Thursday, February 1 and March 1 at 10:00 a.m.-6 p.m.

Directions

 

 

 

Facility

 

Address

 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, International and Exchange Center

Hours of Operation

Thursday, February 8 and March 22 at 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions

 

 

 

Facility

 

Address

 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, Veteran's Resource Center

Hours of Operation

Thursday, February 15 and April 12 at 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions

 

 

 

Facility

 

Address

 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, Dream Center

Hours of Operation

Thursday, February 22 and March 15 at 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions

 

 

 

Facility

 

Address

 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, Chicano Studies Department

Hours of Operation

Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions

 

 

 

Facility

 

Address

 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330, Pride Center

Hours of Operation

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions

 

 

 

Facility

 

Address

 18356 Halsted, Northridge, CA 91330, College of Humanities

Hours of Operation

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

Directions

 

 

 

Facility

Panorama City Public Library

Address

 14345 Roscoe Blvd, Panorama City 91402

Hours of Operation

Friday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Beginning March 2, 2018 Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Directions

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Facility

 Pacoima Public Library

Address

13605 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331

Hours of Operation

Saturday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Directions

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Facility

Sun Valley Public Library

Address

7935 Vineland Avenue, Sun Valley, CA 91352

Hours of Operation

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Directions

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Facility

City of San Fernando Valley Library

Address

 217 North Maclay Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340

Hours of Operation

Monday 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Directions

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Facility

 

Address

 505 S. Huntington Street San Fernando, CA 91340 (Las Palmas)

Hours of Operation

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Directions

 

 

Facility

North Hollywood Public Library

Address

5211 Tujunga Avenue North Hollywood, CA 91601 

Hours of Operation

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Directions

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Facility

 NEW (New Economics for Women) Van Nuys

Address

6946 Van Nuys Blvd. Suite 220, Van Nuys CA 91405

Hours of Operation

Monday - Wednesday 2:00 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Directions

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To schedule an appointment at this location, please call (818) 887-3872

 

Facility

 NEW (New Economics for Women) Canoga Park

Address

 21400 Saticoy Street - 2nd Floor, Canoga Park, CA 91304

Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Thursday 2 p.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Directions

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To schedule an appointment at this location, please call (818) 786-4098

 

Facility

Friends of the Family - North Hills

Address

16861 Parthenia St, North Hills, CA 91343

Hours of Operation

Wednesday 4 p.m.- 8 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Directions

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Are Appointments Required?

We invite you to make an appointment for the time and location that best works for your schedule. While appointments are highly recommended, they are not required. You are welcome to stop by your desired location at a time that is convenient for you. However, priority will be given to those that make an appointment. If you show up without an appointment, we will do our best to serve you that day. However, if we are unable to see you that day, at select sites you would be able to simply drop off your documents with our trained volunteer clinician and pick up your completed return a week later.  The last day for using the drop off method is March 31, 2018. If you need assistance with scheduling an appointment, please call us at (818) 677-3600. Unfortunately, the drop off method is only available in select sites.

To schedule an appointment, click here.

What Happens on the Day of My Visit to the CSUN VITA Clinic?

Once you choose a site for your tax return preparation services, you will receive an email confirmation. Please bring your email confirmation with you to your appointment.  Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time. When you arrive, you will be asked to complete an intake form and show us that you have the required documents for completing your return.

To expedite the processing of your return, we highly recommend that you complete the intake form prior to your arrival. A copy of the intake form can be found in the links below:

In English: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f13614c.pdf

En Español: http://www.uwest.edu/vita/forms/form_spanish.pdf

Typically, appointments are expected to last for about 60 minutes.  However, some tax returns may involve more complicated issues and require additional time. If you are a small business owner or have rental income, please be sure to schedule a 90 minute appointment.

At the conclusion of your tax preparation session, we will electronically submit your tax return (both federal and state) and provide you with a copy. We will then return all documents to you.

We ask that you complete a satisfaction survey at the conclusion of the session. 

What Documents do I Need to Bring with Me?

 

A list of the required documents is provided below.

For married filing joint, both spouses must be present

Proof of identification for yourself and/or your spouse

All Forms W-2 and 1099, 1098

Total paid to day care provider and their tax ID number

Information for other income

Birth dates for you, spouse and/or dependents on the return

Information for all deductions/credits

Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification notices/cards for you, your spouse, and/or dependents

A copy of last year’s tax return, if available.

Forms 1095-A, B or C (Affordable Health Care Statements)

Savings or checking account and routing numbers for direct deposit

For prior year or returns, copies of income transcripts from IRS (and state, if applicable)

If you are interested in receiving a discount on your gas and water bill, please bring a copy of your SoCalGas and LADWP bill.

 

Are There Any Types of Tax Returns that you do not do?

Please note that we are unable to complete certain tax returns. For example, regrettably we are unable to serve taxpayers with complicated capital gains and losses, minor’s investment income, cancellation of debt, request for Social Security Number, determination of worker status for purposes of federal employment taxes and income tax withholding, non-deductible IRA, small business owners with losses, tax returns for active members of the military (veterans are welcome), and married taxpayers filing separate returns. Additionally, we can not prepare returns for Foreign students with Visas other than F, J, M, and Q; and individuals that have not lived in the U.S. for more than 1/2 a year.          

Do You Help With Completing Prior Year Returns?

If you need us to help you with multiple year returns, we ask that you leave the documents with us and come back to pick up your returns one week later, as our first priority is to complete returns for 2017.

How Do I Schedule an Appointment for Free Tax Return Preparation Services?

To proceed with scheduling your appointment for a free tax return preparation, please click HERE.  

Is Parking Free?

Parking is free at all of our remote sites. While there is free two hour street parking at the CSUN Campus site, there is a parking fee of $8 at the CSUN’s parking structure.  

Who Do I Contact If I Have Any Questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (818) 677-3600 or email us at 

The volunteer staff at the CSUN VITA Clinic is looking forward to meeting you soon!