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Congresswoman Chu to Open Free Income Tax Filing Assistance Center at Her District Office on March 15

March 8, 2010
Press Release
EL MONTE, CA – It's tax time again, and Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA32) is inaugurating a program at her district office to make it as easy as possible for moderate to low-income individuals to file their taxes and maximize their returns.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, administered by the IRS, offers free assistance in tax return preparation for taxpayers who earn about $49,000 and below and taxpayers who are unable to prepare their own returns due to language, disability or other restrictions.

The VITA site that will operate out of the Congresswoman's El Monte District Office, one of the first operating nationally out of a Congressional office, will officially open March 15 and offer tax preparation in English, Spanish and Chinese. VITA's IRS certified tax preparers will help individuals complete and file their tax returns online, and help determine if they qualify for various tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, a little-known IRS program that provides an up to $5,600 credit to low and moderate-income taxpayers. These credits could be a welcome lifeline to taxpayers who are particularly suffering during the ongoing economic crisis.

WHAT:         Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at Congresswoman Judy Chu's Office

WHEN:         March 15, 2010 to April 15, 2010 and beyond

WHERE:      Rep. Judy Chu's District Office
                      4401 Santa Anita Ave. Suite 201
                      El Monte, CA 91731
HOW:            Individuals wanting to use the VITA service at Rep. Chu's office must call the district office to make an appointment at 626-448-1271. Appointments are limited to two days a week, so please call as soon as possible for an appointment. NO WALK INS ACCEPTED. Individuals may call before March 15 to make an appointment, but the first tax preparation date available is March 15.