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Agencies offer free tax prep for low-income residents

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webmaster | 01/29/13

Tax season has dawned, and a partnership between Madera and Fresno county agencies can make it easier for some to file their taxes this year.

United Way of Fresno County and the Community Action Partnership of Madera County have teamed up to provide free tax preparation services to low-income people.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, operated by United Way of Fresno County, offers the income tax filing service for workers who earned less than $51,000 last ayear. Volunteers received special training on income tax preparation from the Internal Revenue Service. VITA is set to start Saturday at Community Action Partnership of Madera County at 1225 Gill Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program will continue every Saturday at the same place and time until April 13. The deadline to file state and federal taxes is April 15.

No appointment is needed, but people must take their tax documents such as W-2 forms for jobs held in 2012, 1099 forms for 2012, bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit, any letter received from the Internal Revenue Service and a record of student loan interest paid...


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