The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program is a refundable tax credit available to individuals and families earning less than $50,270 in 2012. This is the federal government's largest anti-poverty measure and can be up to $5,891 depending on income and family type.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) recruits volunteer tax preparers as well as interpreters, screeners, and greeters and offers free preparation of federal and state income tax returns to taxpayers with low incomes earning less than $51,000. VITA benefits these taxpayers in two basic ways. First, by eliminating the cost of commercial tax return preparation, and secondly, it secures valuable tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit and the EITC.
Local VITA location sites are as follows, courtesy of the Ventura County United Way:
- Moorpark: Catholic Charities, 609 Fitch Avenue
- Ventura: Housing Authority, 995 Riverside Street
- Ventura: Job & Career Center, 4651 Telephone Road, 2nd Floor
- Oxnard: Housing Authority, 1500 Colonia Road
- Simi Valley: East County Job & Career Center, 980 Enchanted Way, #105
- Oxnard: West Oxnard Job & Career Center, 635 S. Ventura Road
- Oxnard: El Concilio Family Services, 305 South C Street
- Santa Paula: Family Resource Center, 123 N. 10th Street
- Camarillo: Surepath Financial Services, 80 N. Wood Road, #200
Please bring the following:
- Social Security card for each family member or ITIN number for the working adult
- W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2012
- All 1099 forms for other income
- Child care provider information: name, address, and Tax ID (if available)
- Picture I.D. for each adult filing
- For direct deposit of refund - bank routing and account number or cancelled check
VITA locations above are open February 4th to April 13th. Please call 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment.
Other VITA locations in the Ventura County area listed by the IRS at www.irs.gov/Individuals/Find-a-Location-for-Free-Tax-Prep includes the Newbury Park Library (Wed 9am to 2:30pm), Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks (Thurs 9am to 4pm, Fri 9am to 3:30pm)
VITA's "Earn It, Keep It, Save It" program is a community initiative led by the Business and Employment Services Department of the Ventura County Human Services Agency, United Way of Ventura County, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation and the IRS. The Partnership has been spreading the word about the EITC Program and the availability of free help with tax preparation.