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About Us

TaxFellows is a division of YTPS, Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with the mission to make tax services accessible to all.

TaxFellows was founded in 2022 by Jack Mao, a former Stanford student and credentialed tax professional, after he noticed recurring issues that plagued under-resourced communities when it came to taxes. His personal connection to these communities led him on a pursuit to mitigate these issues using his professional background. With the unwavering support of numerous stakeholders, volunteers, and the communities, TaxFellows has already helped more than 500 low-income taxpayers claim more than $500,000 in tax refunds and savings, all on a pro bono basis and all within the first two years of operation.

TaxFellows has partnered with the IRS and Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service to provide free tax preparation services through the VITA program. We are also piloting a number of programs to further support students and taxpayers in 2024.

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Our Team

TaxFellows relies heavily on the work of volunteers and partners to achieve its mission. Please consider becoming a volunteer to help underserved communities obtain free tax services! Sign up here.

The 2024 team includes the following individuals:
Jack Mao, Enrolled Agent - VITA Site Coordinator, CEO, Board Chair
Christine Hseuh, Enrolled Agent - VITA Assistant Site Coordinator, Board Member
Maria Hernandez - COO, Board Member
Ryan Y., Enrolled Agent - VITA volunteer
Genevieve K., Enrolled Agent - VITA volunteer
Kristie N., CPA - VITA volunteer
Lauren T. - VITA volunteer
Litong N. - VITA volunteer
MyHanh B. - VITA volunteer
Joanna G. - VITA volunteer
Debbie T. - VITA volunteer
Newchi H. - VITA volunteer
Pu G. - VITA volunteer
Larissa W. - VITA volunteer
Horatia F. - VITA volunteer
Christina T. - VITA volunteer

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All of our services are provided for free to eligible taxpayers thanks to our volunteers and sponsors' unwavering support. We mainly serve taxpayers in the Bay Area Peninsula region (Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, Mountain View), and possess unique expertise in tax topics relevant to domestic and international college students.

VITA Program - Offered in partnership with the IRS, this service provides free tax preparation services by IRS-certified and trained volunteers to taxpayers with an annual income of $64,000 or less (in-person and virtual services available)

VITA FSA Workshops - Offered in partnership with the IRS, this service provides free federal and state DIY tax software and guidance from IRS-certified volunteers to taxpayers with an annual income of $79,000 or less (1040-NR and most tax forms are supported)

Tax Advisors (new for 2024) - Free service provided by credentialed tax professionals to prepare complex tax returns and advise on tax-saving strategies (for Stanford students receiving financial aid only at this time)

CAA Acceptance Program (new for 2024) - Expedites ITIN application processing

Educational Outreach - Offered in partnership with Stanford's Mind Over Money and FLISSC

Tax Advocacy - Town hall meetings with federal and state legislators to address inefficient and inequitable provisions within the income tax system

We are working hard to expand our offering to include the following services. Please fill out this form to let us know which ones you are excited about!

LITC Program - Offered in partnership with the IRS and staffed by credentialed tax professionals and lawyers, this service provides free and low-cost tax resolution, IRS/state audit representation, and Tax Court representation to low-income clients (at the moment, we provide support with simple notices and IRS/state audits based on returns prepared through TaxFellows to our VITA, FSA, and Tax Advisors clients)

University Support Fund - For students facing unexpected tax liabilities

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Get Started

Qualifying taxpayers with annual income of $64,000 or less and simple tax situations can get their tax returns prepared for free by an IRS-certified tax "fellow" (volunteer)!

4/28/24 Update: TaxFellows is now closed until the 2025 tax season!

If you are an existing client and have concerns regarding the tax return we have prepared for you, please reach out to us via email at support [at] taxfellows [dot] org or by phone at 650-485-1396. You may also contact the IRS at 800-829-1040. We do not staff a physical location during off season.

If you are in need of assistance in the meantime, please click here or call the IRS at 800-906-9887 to find another VITA site near you, or seek a tax professional (CPAs and Enrolled Agents are recommended).

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Support Us

TaxFellows would not exist without the support of our partners, volunteers, the communities we serve, and the general public (that's you!). Please consider contributing to our mission in one of the following ways.

Write to Us - If our work has been or will be tremendously impactful for you, please tell us your story (anonymity will be honored). Your story will be extremely helpful for us to gain and maintain the support of stakeholders as we expand our services. Write to Us Volunteer - The support from our volunteers is crucial for our operations, and our areas of need vary widely from tax to administrative to general support. As long as you love helping others, we would love to have you! Be a Volunteer

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