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Cal State L.A. Providing Free Tax Return Service

If you earn $49,000 or less a year and are unable to fill out your own tax returns, you can get them done for free at Cal State L.A. on Saturdays through April 2.

For the 13th year in a row, accounting students certified by the IRS are providing income-tax preparation services to low- to moderate-income individuals through Cal State L.A.’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program.

VITA services for the 2011 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 12 noon.  Appointments are not necessary.

To save time, tax filers are encouraged to get all necessary documents together before arriving. Since there are certain limitations and requirements that are mandated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), tax filers are encouraged to see what they should bring with them, as well what types of returns can and cannot be done. For details, go to http://www.calstatela.edu/programs/vita/ or call (323) 215-5486.

The number of volunteers trained to be part of the program was expanded from 60 last year to 90 this tax season, according to VITA site manager and director of marketing Frank Murguia.

“This was done in part to reduce the wait time of clients, as well as to expand the number of students who would receive real-world tax accounting experience, said Murguia who added they hope to process 500 tax returns by the filing deadline.

In 2010, the CSULA VITA program received the prestigious ‘Lowest Rejection Rate’ award from the IRS for the second year in a row and a Maria Shriver Letter of Recognition for providing outstanding services to the community for the past few years.