Free income tax assistance at Cal State L.A. through Apr. 12

VITA to offer free e-file, I-CAN!® E-File services to the local community

The Cal State L.A. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program is offering free income-tax preparation services every Saturday through Apr. 12 to low- to moderate-income individuals ($50,000 or less) who need assistance preparing and filing tax returns.

VITA services for the 2013 tax season will take place on the third floor of Salazar Hall, room 343, on the Cal State L.A. campus. It will operate on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Appointments are not necessary. Click here for a list of items taxpayers need to bring with them: http://web.calstatela.edu/programs/vita/list.html.

In addition to traditional electronic filing services, Cal State L.A. VITA will offer the self-help I-CAN!® E-File program, where taxpayers will be able to prepare their own tax returns with minimal supervision and guidance. This will feature a built-in live chat that offers immediate assistance and technical support.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, Cal State L.A. VITA will also partner with the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) to host a one-day community outreach event from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Salazar Hall, room 343.

Since 1998, the Internal Revenue Service and Cal State L.A. faculty have trained Cal State L.A. students to make a difference in their communities as part of the VITA program, while providing an excellent service-learning opportunity for the final-year accounting students.

For more details, go to http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers or call (323) 318-4339.

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