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Community Event Saturday to Help Eligible Working Families Tap California Earned Income Tax Credit
Eligible families and individuals must file taxes to claim hundreds of millions of dollars now available through California Earned Income Tax Credit Program (CalEITC)
LOS ANGELES – CalEITC4Me, the campaign to get the word out about the new State earned income tax credit (CalEITC) program, launches the tax season countdown with a community event in Los Angeles this Saturday, March 19. Families and individuals are invited to attend a Free Tax Prep and Resource Fair where tax professionals will be on hand to prepare and electronically file Federal and State taxes and provide screening to determine eligibility for Federal and State EITC. The new CalEITC program makes $380 million available this year to working families and individuals.
Nearly 175,000 Los Angeles County residents are eligible for the new California EITC and they could receive an average of $900 at tax time. Many families are also eligible for Federal EITC, which can put up to $6,000 back in their wallets. In the past, hard-working Californians have missed out on more than $1.8 billion in federal EITC and there is even more on the table this tax season with the addition of the new State EITC.
Families that made up to $54,000 in 2015 can make a free tax preparation appointment by calling (323) 604-1950.
WHAT: Free Tax Preparation and Resource Fair to help eligible working Angelenos tap hundreds of millions of dollars in new earned income tax credit. More than 25 tax preparers will be on site.
Attendees seeking tax preparation assistance should bring items listed on attached flyer including
W-2s, form of Government Identification, Social Security card for each family member, banking account information.
Fair includes medical screenings (diabetes, blood pressure, dental), family activities (face painting, arts & crafts, Wii Fitness Center), and a free bag of fresh produces and healthy groceries while supplies last.
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHO: Joseph N. Sanberg, CalEITC4Me Chair
CalEITC-eligible working families and individuals
Volunteer tax preparers
WHERE: PUENTE LEARNING CENTER
501 South Boyle Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90033
(Attendees encouraged to use Metro Gold Line and take the Mariachi Plaza Stop or LADOT bus – Whittier/Hollins stop.)
VISUALS: Community fair including tax preparation on-site, eligibility determinations – families will learn on-the-spot how much cash they can expect at tax time!
BILINGUAL: Spanish and Mandarin and translators and speakers available
CalEITC4Me is a public-private partnership to spread awareness of the first-ever state 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. Innovative online tools have been developed to include the CalEITC4Me Calculator, a user-friendly tool, created for California by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation, where individuals can determine their new state and federal EITC eligibility and potential refund in a few easy steps; the Free Tax Prep Finder which connects families to local free tax preparation services; and the interactive CalEITC4Me Heat Map that allows nonprofits, government agencies and others to identify key regions of eligible filers by ZIP code and other searchable criteria. To learn more about CalEITC4Me, click here. To learn more about Golden State Opportunity, click here. Follow the event on social media at Twitter handle @CalEITC4Me and Facebook.com/CalEITC4Me.