FREE 2020 Tax Prep in Irvine, CA


The City of Irvine has partnered with the Orange County United Way (OCUW) to provide free tax preparation service for qualifying taxpayers who live, work, or attend school in Irvine and earned less than $60,000 in 2020 according to a press release from the City of Irvine. There will be IRS-trained volunteers to help file taxes and apply for tax credits like the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

Location of Irvine’s Free Tax-Preparation Services

Cypress Community Park 255 Visions, Irvine, CA 92620

Dates and Times

February 10th through April 7th, 2021 between 12pm – 7pm. An appointment is required and no walk-ins will be accepted.

How to schedule an appointment

Call The Orange County United Way at 888-434-8248 to schedule an appointment.

Free Help Online

If eligible you can also file your taxes online at with or without assistance.

Who can this help?

Even if you do not qualify for the free help you might know someone that would benefit from this service. According to this article on The Hill, many middle and low-income people miss out on tax credits that they might otherwise be entitled to just because they were not aware that they qualified. Professional help can ensure that they get all of the credits they are entitled to. Perhaps you know a college student or friend that would benefit. Please feel free to forward this information to them.

Homeownership and Tax Benefits

There are tax benefits to owning a home. Mortgage interest is generally tax-deductible and as your home appreciates, the capital gain may be tax-free as well in many circumstances. A single person owning and occupying their home for 2 out of the aggregate of 5 years is generally exempt on $250,000 of gain. A married couple would generally be exempt from $500,000 of gain and pay no tax (consult your tax advisor).

Your Tax Refund Might Be Your Key to Home Ownership

As I detailed in my blog in 2019 you are paying for a home whether you own or rent, so instead of lining your landlord’s pockets, you might as well be gaining your own wealth in real estate. If you are expecting a tax refund this year you might be that much closer to a down payment on a home. Many people are surprised to know that you do not need 20% down to buy a home.

Bottom Line

If you qualify for free assistance take advantage of it so you can maximize your tax refund. From a financial standpoint, owning a home has always been and will always be better than renting. Let’s connect to talk about how I might be able to help you buy your first home.





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Richard Wamsat
Richard Wamsat is an author, a deep thinker, and master of home sales. He lives in Irvine, California with his wife Brandy and a fluffy white dog named Murphy. His knowledge of real estate spans two decades having purchased his first home at the age of 19. He has worked in both Northern California and Southern California markets and has fought with banks to save client's homes or get relief from underwater mortgages during the Great Recession. Richard is a licensed real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - CalRE#01345167. He has earned the designation of Master Certified Negotiation Expert from The Real Estate Negotiation Institute, a member of the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Connect with Richard on Twitter @rwamsat, or on his website