News Release| VITA 2010; Cal State L.A.


Cal State L.A. offers free income tax
assistance through Mar. 27

Students help community with tax returns;
VITA site sets goal for 500

Angeles, CA –

Cal State L.A. VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program
begun offering free income-tax preparation services for low- to
moderate-income individuals ($49,000 or less) who cannot prepare their
own tax returns. Both the traditional electronic filing and the new
freefile program will be available at the CSULA site.

Saturdays through Mar. 27
VITA services for the 2010 tax season will take place on the third floor
of Salazar Hall, room 343. It will operate on a first-come,
first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
Appointments are not

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

This year, Cal State L.A.’s Association of Latinos Professionals in
Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) is mainly responsible for coordinating
the VITA site. In that capacity, ALPFA has took the lead in raising the
necessary funds, training the student-volunteers,


launching a promotional campaign to serve more clients during this tax

VITA site manager Jesse Portugal said, “The Cal State L.A. VITA program
is a premier community service program, which last year prepared 447
accurate federal and state income tax returns and refunded $374,049 to
the surrounding community. The CSULA VITA program was the recipient of
the prestigious ‘Lowest Rejection Rate’ award for the 2009 filing
season. I’m involved with VITA because I am able to provide underserved
taxpayers a necessary, unique service, which can only be provided by
accountants and trained accounting students.” 

Assistant site manager Danyel Almares said, “As the economy turns up and
down, people will need all the help they can get. And, I’m glad that our
volunteers can give them that help. It is such a joy to show the client
their refund and see it dawn on them that they paid nothing to have
their taxes done right.”

According to David Hossain, VITA site coordinator and assistant
professor of accounting at Cal State L.A., “This year our goal is to
reach the 500/500 mark; 500 tax returns with $500k of much needed tax
refunds to taxpayers living in our surrounding communities.”

For more details, go to


or call (323) 215-5486.

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