FREE Tax and Financial Assistance

March 1, 2018 | It’s tax time! You can find help with tax preparation and financial planning through these free SparkPoint programs.

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Get Free Tax Assistance

SparkPoint’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) service is a free alternative to paid tax preparation. The IRS sponsors the VITA program which community-based organizations coordinate locally. Our volunteers are trained according to IRS guidelines to fill out basic tax forms, including the ones needed to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit for eligible households with a 2017 income of $54,000 or less.

Walk-in only at SparkPoint 409 4th Street in San Rafael.

  • Tuesdays: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Fridays:  10:00 a .m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tax hot line: (415) 526-7539

Questions?  Please call (415) 526-7530

After March 23rd, tax payers in Marin can continue to receive free services from the following tax program sites:

Site locations:

  1. Mill Valley, Mill Valley Community Center at 180 Camino Alto  (415) 383-1370

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  1. Novato, North Marin Community Services at 1907 Novato Blvd. (415) 897-4147

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  1. San Rafael Community Center at 618 B Street (415) 485-3348

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  1. Northgate First Congregational Church 8 North San Pedro Rd., San Rafael (no phone)

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays, 10:00 a .m. to 3:00 p.m.

  1. Fairfax Library at 2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (415) 453-8151

Also, is a self-service option for people with income less than $64,000 to file both federal and state tax returns for free. The website uses H&R Block software and provides free guidance through a helpline, email, or online chat.


Taking Charge of Your Finances

April 6, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

San Rafael Library, 1100 E St, San Rafael, CA 94901

This SparkPoint workshop focuses on the fundamentals of managing cash flow and identifying cost savings to create a spending plan. Topics include the importance of distinguishing wants from needs, tracking personal finance information and accessing resources to maximize existing income. We will talk about social security and how it fits into people’s overall financial plans. There will be opportunity for questions and answers to engage with the audience on specific issues.

Marvin Brook, the presenter and an experienced SparkPoint Marin volunteer, served as the financial controller of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in Northern California for 15 years. He introduced financial literacy topics to postal employees while at the USPS. Since his retirement, he volunteers by bringing financial literacy awareness to a variety of audiences through community development programs serving low-income families, homeless adults, high school students and others.

For more information, contact Nancy Carlisle, Project Coordinator at 415-526-7541 or

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