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Income Tax Preparation
Volunteer Income Tax Assitance (VITA)
Since 2006, the IRS, County of Tulare, and CSET have partnered to provide free tax preparation services to Tulare County residents through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS program designed to help low and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost. CSET’s strategy to provide these valuable services is to recruit and train a dedicated team of volunteer tax preparers.
The VITA Program prepares federal and state tax returns for families and individuals with yearly incomes below $50,000. The program can electronically file returns, which allows clients to receive tax refunds in as little as 5-10 business days with direct deposit.
2013 VITA activities:
Thank you to our staff, volunteers and sponsors for another successful tax season. In 2013, CSET had three tax preparation sites and completed 1,825 tax returns, resulting in $2.9 million being returned to Tulare County families. This was completed with the help of almost 100 volunteers and over 5,000 volunteer hours. This year's sponsors include Bank of the West, Community Trust Credit Union, Wells Fargo, Bank of the Sierra and the Internal Revenue Service VITA grant.
Volunteers for the 2013 tax season will begin training in January 2014. If you would like to sign up to volunteer as a tax preparer, send an email to Albert.Cendejas@cset.org. You will be contacted in late 2013 with details on training sessions.
Tax preparation services will resume in February 2014 in the following locations.
CSET Main Office
312 NW 3rd Ave.
Visalia, CA 93291
Porterville Employment Connection
1061 W. Henderson Ave.
Porterville, CA 93257
12384 Ave. 416
Orosi, CA 93647
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View the video below from ABC 30's Latino Life to learn more about the VITA program.