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Orfalea College of Business




Please call 805-756-2667 for more information in English or Spanish, or email your questions to No appointment is necessary. 

The Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business has been preparing tax returns through the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program since 1992. The program is sponsored by the California Franchise Tax Board, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Cal Poly Accounting Area. All tax returns are prepared by Cal Poly accounting students who have gone through extensive training and have passed the IRS and FTB volunteer exams. The returns are then reviewed by Cal Poly faculty and local certified tax professionals.

Clinics will be held at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, at the America’s Job Center in San Luis Obispo, and at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria. See location information below for address and hours of operations. The Cal Poly clinic offers free tax preparation help on Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 28, 2017 through March 18, 2017.

VITA students will also staff two free tax preparation clinics in partnership with the United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County in San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria on Saturdays from Jan. 28 through April 1 (closed on Feb. 18 and March 25). Those clinics are available by appointment only by calling 805-922-0329 ext. 103. Should questions arise, we recommend that all tax inquiries be directed first to the IRS and then a local enrolled agent or CPA. We do not retain copies of your tax returns, therefor please be sure to keep copies for your records.

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