In Inland Region, 80,000 households eligible for California earned income tax credit, refunds up to $6,000
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San Bernardino – In an effort to remove barriers to claiming the State Earned Income Tax Credit, CalEITC4Me is bringing free tax preparation services and resources to high eligibility communities in the Inland Region. Eligible low-income working families in the region will claim an estimated $40 million in cash-back refunds. Last year, 48,000 families in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties claimed nearly $28 million, in addition to federal EITC refunds.
“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 struggling families build economic security,” said Joseph N. Sanberg, CalEITC4Me Chair.
A CalEITC4Me bus equipped as a mobile tax preparation center with laptop computers and Wi-Fi, and staffed with volunteer tax professionals, will provide screenings to determine eligibility for Federal and State EITC and prepare and electronically file Federal and State taxes.
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.
CalEITC4Me Free Tax Prep Bus Tour
If you made $60,000 or less in 2016, make an appointment to get your EITC cash back refund for free at one of the following locations by calling (916) 764-6575.
San Bernardino County
If you made $55,000 or less in 2016, make an appointment to get your EITC cash back refund for free by calling (909) 347-1255.
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.