VENTURA, Calif. – Concerned about filing your taxes? The Human Services Agency is partnering with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to offer free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with earnings up to $55,000 in 2018.
Staffed by a cadre of IRS-trained and certified volunteers, the program helps low and moderate-income households prepare and file their taxes and ensures that those who qualify also benefit from the state and federal Earned Income and child tax credits. The Earned Income Tax Credit is considered the single most effective federal antipoverty program for working-age households—providing additional income and boosting employment for low-income workers. Self-employed workers and families with wages up to $24,950 may qualify for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). In addition, this year, CalEITC expanded eligibility to include 18 to 24-year-olds at the start of their careers.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance services are available at locations across the county, including Human Services Agency offices in Simi Valley, Oxnard and Ventura. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 2-1-1. Scheduling early is encouraged as slots fill up quickly.
Due to the recent California wildfires, individuals who reside or have a business in Ventura or Los Angeles County may qualify for additional time to file their taxes. This includes 2018 individual income tax returns and payments normally due on April 15, 2019. Those who are eligible have until April 30, 2019 to file.
For those who are comfortable with computers, www.myfreetaxes.org is a user-friendly program offered through a partnership between the United Way and H&R Block, which allows taxpayers who earned up to $66,000 to file their taxes online for free.