Bulletin Board: Free tax preparation for working families

Submitted by East LA Community Corporation

East LA Community Corporation in partnership with Pan American Bank and the Center for Asset Building Opportunities (CABO) is offering free tax preparation through the Greater Los Angeles Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The service is to help working families in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles  save money by providing free income tax  preparation and access to tax credits for taxpayers who have earned $50,000 or less the previous year.

Trained community volunteers are certified by the IRS to prepare taxes. If an ITIN is needed, tax preparers can help taxpayers apply for one the day of the appointment. In addition to free tax preparation assistance, the organization is offering free electronic filing.

The service will be provided from February 1 through April 14, 2012. Appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. To make an appointment, call (323) 604-1973. Clients must bring the following items with them to their appointment:

  • A photo ID
  • Social security card or ITIN for everyone in the household
  • A voided check
  • If married, they need to bring their spouse to sign the documents
  • Copy of their most recent tax returns
    W2ʼs or equivalent documentation

One comment

  1. If the taxpayer wants to get a refund through direct deposit (faster) instead of waiting for a check in the mail (slower), Pan American Bank is providing free bank accounts at the time of tax preparation.

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