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Free Tax Preparation Available
The IRS sponsors two community based programs:
Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA), offering FREE tax
help to qualifying taxpayers. Tax preparation services are provided by trained, IRS-certified volunteers at
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TCE
AARP Foundation offers TCE, through their
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to low-and moderate-income taxpayers, especially
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AARPNOW (1.888.227.7669) from January to April
15. You may also call your local senior center for program information and appointment availability.
VITA
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Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and nonprofits, to
offer you free tax help. Tax preparation services are
provided by trained, IRS-certified volunteers in a
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Volunteers are trained to prepare basic federal
and California state income tax returns only. Your
income must be less than $60,000. Free tax sites are
open from late January through April. Tax sites are
located at various nonprofit organizations, schools,
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Call 1.888.434.8248 (beginning January 1) for site locations and hours of operation.
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1.800.906.9887.
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n Securing your personal information
n Shredding documents before disposing
n Monitoring your mailbox and mail
n Filing tax returns as soon as you have received all
your tax related documents

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