The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is a free, IRS-sponsored program to help low and moderate-income taxpayers complete their annual tax returns at no cost.
WHAT IS 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. The VITA Program prepares federal and state tax returns for families and individuals with yearly incomes below $54,000. Volunteer certified tax preparers can file returns electronically, which allows clients to receive tax refunds in as little as 5-10 business days with direct deposit. CSET’s strategy to provide this valuable service is to recruit and train a dedicated team of volunteer tax preparers.
Tax preparation services are available at the following locations starting Saturday, February 6 through Saturday, April 9. This year's sponsors include AT&T, Best Buy Electronic Store, Bank of the West, Bank of the Sierra, PG&E and Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District.
VITA Services are available throughout tax season; January through April annually.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Taxpayer Requirements
- VITA Services in Kings County
- Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Deductions
- 10 Strategies for Investing Your Tax Refund
FILE YOUR TAXES FROM HOME
Do you make under $62,000? Then head over to MyFreeTaxes.com by clicking on the blue logo below to file your return. It's easy, safe, secure and 100% Free!
NEW CALIFORNIA EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT
Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature created the first-ever California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). California joins 24 other states and the District of Columbia in adopting a state EITC to supplement the federal EITC.
LOCATIONS, HOURS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Tulare Family Resource Center
304 E. Tulare Ave., Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 684-1987 // Saturdays: 9am-3pm
12691 Avenue 408, Cutler, CA 93615
(559) 528-1095 // Saturdays: 9am-3pm
CSET Main Office
312 NW 3rd Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291
(559) 732-4194 // Saturdays: 9am-3pm
Porterville Employment Connection
1063 W. Henderson Ave.
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 741-4640 // Saturdays: 9am-3pm
HELPFUL LINKS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The IRS mails letters when there's a need to reach you. They will not make threatening calls or send threatening emails. Learn more by watching the video below.
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