The Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a community partnership led by United Way of Ventura County, the County of Ventura Human Services Agency, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation, and the IRS to provide preparation and electronic filing of federal and state tax returns free of charge for low and moderate income earners. Earn It! Keep It!Save It! helps tax payers with earnings below $54,000 to file their tax return and access the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits to which they are eligible.
CalEITC – Did you know California has a new Earned Income State Credit for working families? It’s called the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and is modeled after the federal credit. The CalEITC requires earned income reported on a W-2 form, such as wages, salaries and tips which must be subject to California withholding. The CalEITC is available for households with adjusted gross incomes of less than $5,718 if there are no qualifying children, less than $10,088 if there is one qualifying child, or less than $14,162 if there are two or more qualifying children. To get your cash back, simply file your state and federal tax returns.
Using VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites prepare and e-file federal and state income tax returns for low/moderate income earners at no charge. VITA sites are open from February 4 through April 15, 2017 and are located in Santa Paula, Ventura, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, and Simi Valley. Beginning January 19, individuals can call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment at any of the VITA locations.
MyFreeTaxes: Know someone who prefers to file their own income tax return online? MyFreeTaxes http://myfreetaxes.org/ allows taxpayers with earned income under $64,000 who are computer savvy, and with an e-mail address to file their taxes for free.
Get Involved: You can help families & individuals with earnings below $54,000 file their return and claim the tax credits they’re entitled to for the 2016 tax year.
Intake volunteers, especially bilingual English/Spanish are needed to assist at each of the VITA sites. Volunteers are asked to give 4 hours per week during the tax season, February 4th through April 15th and will assist tax filers in completing the intake form, making sure they have all the necessary forms for their tax return to be completed. Volunteers must complete the online Standards of Conduct training and will work under the direction of the VITA site coordinator.