Earn it, Keep it, Save it

VENTURA, Calif. – It's tax season and the County of Ventura Human Services Agency is again hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at their Ventura Job & Career Center, where those with earnings up to $54,000 can get free tax preparation assistance. The site is one of eleven located across the county where IRS-certified volunteers are available to aid individuals and families with filing their taxes. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 2-1-1.
In addition to completing and filing taxes, a key goal of VITA is to assist eligible taxpayers to take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) as well as any other tax credits they may qualify for. This year marks the first for a new state EITC which is anticipated to benefit an additional 10,000 very low-income households in Ventura County. Taxpayers can visit www.CalEITC4me.com to determine their eligibility for the state and federal tax credits and estimate their potential refund.
For those who are comfortable with computers and prefer to file their own income tax returns, an easy-to-use program, www.myfreetaxes.com, allows taxpayers who earned $62,000 or less and are single filers with W2 income only, to file their taxes for free.
The VITA program is offered through the Financial Empowerment Partnership, a coalition that includes the United Way, County of Ventura Human Services Agency, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation and the IRS.

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