Individuals and families who need help with income tax return preparation are invited to attend a Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fair event hosted by Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton and local officials at Santa Monica College (1510 Pico Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several other Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) events are scheduled throughout Los Angeles County during February and March 2015.

The event will be co-hosted by Senator Ben Allen, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, and Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Pang.

Trained and certified volunteers will provide qualified participants with tax preparation assistance and information about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Attendees who are eligible can qualify for as much as $6,143 in EITC. Taxpayers should bring proof of identification including social security cards, wages and earnings statement(s) from employers, interest and dividend statements from banks, bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit, and a copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available.

All workforce and family services are free and open to the public. Language assistance is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

The Family Resource Fair will be open to the public and will provide information on: free tax preparation assistance, low-cost and free medical services, job preparation assistance, food and nutrition service, discount telephone service, low-cost auto insurance, and health screenings: glucose, blood pressure, and body mass index.

Agencies and organizations confirmed for the Family Resource Fair include: California Department of Insurance, California Employment Development Department, Care 1st, Crystal Stairs, Department of Motor Vehicles, Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, Providence Little Company of Mary, South Bay Family Health Care, Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians/TANF, California Lifeline Free Cell Phone Program, American Red Cross, Social Security Administration, Academy of Art University, and New York Life among others.

Call 1-866-910-9559 for more information

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