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Free tax preparation for low-income Menlo Parks resident on Feb. 2

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on February 1, 2013

Free tax preparation services will be available to lower-income Menlo Park residents on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at Garfield Community School, 3600 Middlefield Rd. in Menlo Park.

Taxpayers will have the opportunity to prepare and file their own taxes, with the help of volunteers, using TurboTax® Freedom Edition software, which helps people identify and claim all of the tax credits and deductions they deserve. Taxpayers are eligible to prepare and file their taxes for free at this event if they had an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $51,000 or less in 2012 or were on active military duty and earned $57,000 or less AGI.

This event will promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to ensure eligible families and individuals claim the important tax credit. An estimated 800,000 eligible Californians failed to claim EITC in 2009. Based on income and family size, EITC could boost a tax refund by up to $5,891.

The event is part of a statewide tour sponsored by the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation. Thanks to Intuit employee volunteers, Saturday’s event is expected to serve more than 50 people.

In addition to free tax preparation, attendees will be able to visit a financial empowerment resource fair to learn more about available community programs and services that can help improve their financial health.

 While walk-ins are welcome, interested taxpayers are encouraged to call 1-866-577-1231 to make an appointment.

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