CalEITC4Me Brings Free Tax Prep to Lynwood

Congresswoman Nanette Barragán to speak at event, meet with families

Contact: Marika Rose, marikarose@surewest.net 916.601.9737 

Los Angeles – In an effort to remove barriers to claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), CalEITC4Me is bringing free tax preparation services and resources to the City of Lynwood on Saturday, April 1. Eligible moderate- to low-income working families can claim up to $6,000 in cash back refunds by simply filing their taxes. In Los Angeles County, $45 million in CalEITC is available this year, in addition to $500 million in federal EITC.

Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán who represents the 44th District will join Joseph N. Sanberg, Chair of the CalEITC4Me campaign to speak at the event, and meet with families.  Families will be able to have their taxes prepared for free by VITA volunteers and find out how much EITC they will receive.

“The California and federal EITC is one of our best tools to help working Californians stretch their income and create a better future for themselves and their families,” said Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán. “Many people don’t file taxes, but they’re potentially missing out substantial refunds. Each year more than $2 billion in federal EITC is unclaimed by working Californians.”

“This tax season we want every eligible family to claim the money they’ve earned. By bringing our resources directly to communities, we are offering more than free tax prep – we are delivering a message that we are here to help hard working families build economic security,” said Joseph N. Sanberg, CalEITC4Me Chair.

“We want families that made $54,000 or less in 2016 to know that there are VITA Free Tax Prep services conveniently located in their communities,” added Congresswoman Barragán. “For families who cannot attend this Saturday, CalEITC4me.org helps families find out how much of a refund they can expect, and offers information in Spanish and Mandarin.”

What: Free tax preparation for households that made $54,000 or less in 2016. To make a tax preparation appointment call (323) 863-8031.

  • FREE hot dogs, chips and beverages for attendees with flyer (to be distributed at park on day of event)
  • FREE Resource Fair, health enrollment, Yoga Classes & face painting

When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Lynwood Park

            11301 Bullis Road

            Lynnwood, CA 90262        

Who:  CalEITC eligible working families and individuals

            Congresswoman Nanette Barragán

            Joseph N. Sanberg, Chair CalEITC4Me

 Families may be eligible for up to $6,000 in EITC cash back refunds. Attendees seeking tax preparation assistance should bring proof of income, including W-2s and/or 1099, verification of tax deductible expenses (ex: Property tax statement, Child Care Provider information), form of current government identification (ex: CA ID, CA driver’s license), original Social Security Card for each family member (no copies), Account and routing numbers for checking or savings accounts for direct deposit and a faster refund, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement (1095-A, B, and/or C) and a copy of 2015 tax return, if available.

ABOUT CalEITC4Me.org

CalEITC4Me is statewide outreach and education campaign to spread awareness of the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credit and put more money into the hands of hard-working Californians. CalEITC4ME is a one-stop, multilingual online hub of information and interactive resources. To learn more about CalEITC4Me, click here.

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