Cal State LA College of Business and Economics | VITA Tax Program



For the 16th consecutive year Cal State LA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Cal State LA VITA) Program provides electronic tax preparation for Los Angeles residents and electronic filing services, at no cost to taxpayers.

The Cal State LA VITA Program is co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, California Department of Community Service and Development, State Farm Insurance Corporation and H&R Block.

Federal and California tax returns are prepared, quality reviewed and electronically filed in Cal State LA’s computer labs. IRS certified students and faculty utilize collaborative strategies to provide tax advocacy, prepare tax returns and disseminate information to low-to-middle-income, elderly, disabled, and limited English speaking taxpayers.

The Cal State LA VITA Program has a two-fold purpose: 1) Tax Preparation and Financial Literacy Services for the community members, and 2) Service-Learning and Community-Citizenship for the Cal State LA students. The Program is aimed to assist low-to-middle-income taxpayers, earning up to $56,000 annually. In 2019, ninety-two Cal State LA students enrolled in the Cal State LA VITA Program, prepared 1,942 tax returns and generated $1.68 million tax refunds for taxpayers.


Professor Suren Sahakyan, C.P.A.

Site Coordinator, Cal State LA VITA Program


Phone: 323-343-5256