Free Tax Help Available For Placer County Families
February 29, 2016 – Local households that earned $54,000 or less in 2015 can receive free tax help at two County of Placer Health and Human Services sites through the Sacramento Coalition for Working Families, the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance effort led by United Way.
Help is available through the end of March at the office at 1000 Sunset Boulevard in Rocklin on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and at 11542 B Avenue in Auburn on Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., except for March 16. The Auburn site also will offer help on April 6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call (916) 498-1000.
“We want to make sure as many households as possible in the Sacramento area are financially stable, and that starts with not spending unnecessary money on tax preparation and making sure they receive the maximum refund to which they are entitled,” said Stephanie Bray, United Way California Capital Region president and CEO.
IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic tax return preparation with electronic filing and inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify, such as the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, and the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. For more information, visit yourlocalunitedway.org/VITA or call (916) 498-1000.
Households that made $62,000 or less in 2015 can qualify to file their state and federal taxes online for free at MyFreeTaxes.com, thanks to a national partnership between United Way, Goodwill Industries and the National Disability Institute. The website helps people save an average of $200 in tax preparer fees, guiding users through federal and state filing using software powered by H&R Block. Users will need a valid email address and income forms. The eight-year-old program is available in all 50 states.
Both the in-person and online filing opportunities are designed to help households receive the maximum Earned Income Tax Credits of $6,000, now available federally and through the state. This is the first year that California is offering a state Earned Income Tax Credit to benefit California’s working families, increase use of the federal credit and increase availability of free tax preparation services.
United Way California Capital Region is leading the Sacramento Coalition for Working Families as part of its work to ensure more households in the capital region are financially healthy. Partners include California State Board of Equalization, City of Sacramento, Community Housing Opportunities Corporation, County of Placer Health and Human Services, Folsom Cordova Community Partnership, Goodwill Industries of Sacramento Valley & Northern Nevada, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance, SEIU Local 1000, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, Grant Union High School, Hiram Johnson High School and the State of California Franchise Tax Board. Sponsors include Citi Community Development, First Northern Bank, Internal Revenue Service, SAFE Credit Union, SMUD, United Way California Capital Region and Wells Fargo.
For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought people together to meet pressing needs in the Sacramento region and has changed the lives of hundreds of children, families and adults. Now United Way is mobilizing nonprofits, companies, schools, government and individuals across the region, state and country to make a collective impact in the areas of education, financial stability and health in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org .