The Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) is providing no cost IRS-certified tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income taxpayers through April 15.
Since 2002, SSA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) preparers have helped taxpayers to receive larger tax refunds by claiming the credits they have earned. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is provided to working families and single or married individuals. Individuals and households whose 2014 income was $53,000 or less qualify for the EITC.
Additionally, families and individuals may be eligible for other credits.
The agency is also offering on-site health care during tax preparation, direct deposit and other banking and credit union services, and financial education and asset building resources.
In addition, during tax preparation the agency will provide enrollment opportunities into Alameda County's "CalFresh," the new name for California's Food Stamp Program. That's a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that provides assistance for households to purchase nutritious food. The program uses an easy credit card format called Electronic Benefit Transfer to purchase food at retail stores and farmers markets.
The tax preparation service is available at:
Thomas L. Berkley Self-Sufficiency Center
2000 San Pablo Ave.
8477 Enterprise Way
Eden Area Multi-Service Center
24100 Amador Street
For more information contact Lorena Briseno at (510) 271-9141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org/