Call 2-1-1 for free tax preparation help
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)
Trained volunteers at VITA sites offer free tax filing assistance through April 15 (dates and times vary by site). VITA volunteers help taxpayers prepare basic tax return forms. The general guideline for those who qualify is a limit of $54,000 a year for household income. VITA sites are held at libraries, churches, senior centers and other community meeting places. All locations that are open to walk-ins will serve clients on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments are preferred, if available. Call 2-1-1 for more information. 2-1-1 Resource Specialists will advise you what to bring with you to your tax assistance appointment.
DO YOU QUALIFY FOR THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT??
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), sometimes called the Earned Income Credit (EIC), is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. For the 2015 tax year, the maximum income threshold for qualification to receive the EITC is $47,747 ($53,267 married filing jointly). The maximum credit for a family with 3 qualifying children is up to $6,242 depending on their tax situation and annual income. For eligibility information, call 2-1-1 or visit a VITA site near you.
CALIFORNIA FREE TAX ASSISTANCE EVENTS
For the ninth straight year, 2-1-1 Alameda County is providing information to and scheduling appointments for taxpayers at 11 free tax assistance events held throughout California. The events will take place between early February and early April in the following cities: San Diego, Mountain View, Compton, Daly City, Sunnyvale, Carson, Santa Ana, Pacoima, Fresno, and Riverside. Hundreds of lower-income taxpayers and those on active military duty will be assisted at these events to do their own taxes. The program teaches people more about how their finances work and empowers them to take charge of their own taxes.
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