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Cal State LA College of Business and Economics | VITA Tax Program

CAL STATE LA VITA PROGRAM - UPDATE AS OF MARCH 13, 2020

Dear Community Members,

 

Per Los Angeles Mayor’s direction, all Los Angeles Public Library locations are closed through March 31, 2020.

For the above reason, CSLA VITA Program will not offer tax preparation services at its partner sites at Lincoln Heights Public Library and Arroyo Seco Regional Library, as well as on main campus site.

We sincerely apologize for this short notice and sincerely appreciate your understanding. These measures are taken to assure the health and well-being of all community members.

Please feel free to contact us, if you have questions.

 

Thank you,

 

Professor Suren Sahakyan, C.P.A.

Site Coordinator, Cal State LA VITA Program

E-Mail: ssahaky5@calstatela.edu

Phone: 323-343-5256 

 

 

CAL STATE LA VITA PROGRAM - UPDATE AS OF MARCH 12, 2020

Dear Community Members,

As you may have heard from news, many universities and colleges across our nation are updating their internal protocols, in the wake of elevated concerns regarding the coronavirus.

The health and well-being of our communities are the top priorities for the Cal State LA University and its College of Business and Economics.

As a preventive measure, it has been decided to suspend VITA Program operations as of today, March 12, 2020.

We sincerely apologize for this short notice and sincerely appreciate your understanding. These measures are taken to assure the health and well-being of our community members, students and instructors.

While VITA operations are suspended on Cal State LA main campus, we will continue to offer limited tax preparation services at our 2 off-campus VITA sites at Lincoln Heights Public Library and Arroyo Seco Regional Library branches. The upgraded procedures will ensure minimum direct contact between taxpayers and tax preparers. This will be achieved via virtual VITA services, allowing taxpayers drop-off their tax documents and pick-up their completed tax returns 1-2 weeks later.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding of the necessary measures that we took to ensure health safety and well-being on our campus.

Please feel free to contact us, if you have questions.

Thank you,

 

Professor Suren Sahakyan, C.P.A.

Site Coordinator, Cal State LA VITA Program

E-Mail: ssahaky5@calstatela.edu

Phone: 323-343-5256 

 

WELCOME TO CAL STATE LA VITA

For the 16th consecutive year Cal State LA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (Cal State LA VITA) Program provides electronic tax preparation for Los Angeles residents and electronic filing services, at no cost to taxpayers.

The Cal State LA VITA Program is co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, California Department of Community Service and Development, State Farm Insurance Corporation and H&R Block.

Federal and California tax returns are prepared, quality reviewed and electronically filed in Cal State LA’s computer labs. IRS certified students and faculty utilize collaborative strategies to provide tax advocacy, prepare tax returns and disseminate information to low-to-middle-income, elderly, disabled, and limited English speaking taxpayers.

The Cal State LA VITA Program has a two-fold purpose: 1) Tax Preparation and Financial Literacy Services for the community members, and 2) Service-Learning and Community-Citizenship for the Cal State LA students. The Program is aimed to assist low-to-middle-income taxpayers, earning up to $56,000 annually. In 2019, ninety-two Cal State LA students enrolled in the Cal State LA VITA Program, prepared 1,942 tax returns and generated $1.68 million tax refunds for taxpayers.

 

Professor Suren Sahakyan, C.P.A.

Site Coordinator, Cal State LA VITA Program

E-Mail: ssahaky5@calstatela.edu

Phone: 323-343-5256