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Jerome E. Horton Hosts Free Tax Preparation Events

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Jerome E. Horton, Vice Chairperson of the California State Board of Equalization (BOE), is providing free tax preparation and efiling for the public starting Monday, March 15.

“Tax season should not be a great cause of worry as we are providing plenty of free income tax help at convenient community locations to help the people who need it most,” said Vice Chairperson Horton. “Please take advantage of this wonderful service as our volunteers are trained and eagerly awaiting to help their neighbors.”

Tax help is provided through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Volunteers participating in the VITA program have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board. The participants volunteer their time and talents to provide this free service to individuals who may find it difficult to complete their own returns.

The volunteer program offers free help completing both federal and state income tax returns to the elderly, blind, disabled, and low-income taxpayers.

Volunteers can assist taxpayers in claiming the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which is a federal incentive for low-income individuals and families.

Taxpayers earning less than $43,279 can qualify for a “refundable” credit that can total up to $5,657. “Refundable” means that you do not have to have a tax liability to get a refund check from the government.

The volunteer sites offer free efile. Efiling has many advantages such as getting your state refund back in 7 to 10 days. The volunteer sites provide help in English, Chinese, and Spanish.

To make an appointment, contact the site nearest you. The sites are located at: West Covina District Office, 626.480.7200; Culver City District Office, 310.342.1000, Norwalk District Office, 562.466.1694, and Van Nuys District Office, 818.904.2300.

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