CSET Program Brings $2.25 Million in Tax Returns to Tulare County

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 11:08

CSET Program Brings $2.25 Million in Tax Returns to Tulare County

In the last four weeks, Community Services and Employment Training has prepared more than 1,100 tax returns and brought $2.25 million in tax refunds to Tulare County through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  The service will operate through April 17, 2012.

Demand for VITA services is greatest at the beginning and end of tax season.  March is the best time to visit the no cost tax sites because fewer taxpayers are seeking assistance.  Wait times are shorter and there is more availability for appointments during weeknights.

The VITA program prepares tax returns for families with household income of less than $50,000 at no cost to the families.  More than 200 volunteers completed training to become certified by the Internal Revenue Service as tax preparers.  The volunteers are trained to file taxes for the families and help them identify tax credits for which they are eligible.  Common tax credits include the Earned Income Tax Credit, child and dependent care, education and child tax credits.

"We are very pleased with the progress we have made in the program's first month," said Frank Ruiz, CSET Assistant Director.  "We are on pace to complete at least 2,500 tax returns and bring close to $5 million back to Tulare County.  We encourage people to complete their tax returns in March and not wait until the last minute.”

Services are available at seven locations in Tulare County.  Residents can visit an office in Earlimart, Goshen, Orosi, Pixley, Porterville, Tulare or Visalia for assistance.  For the full schedule of times and locations, visit www.cset.org/vita.  For questions or to schedule an appointment, call (559) 741-4640.

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