Free tax help available for low-income families
Need tax help? Low-income, working families who earned $45,000 or less in 2009 can have their federal and state income tax returns prepared, free, at the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site at Chipman Middle School.
The site, which will be staffed by trained, volunteer tax preparers, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays through April 10 in the school’s computer lab. To schedule an appointment, call 898-7840.
In addition to preparing your returns, the preparers can help you determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. To qualify, you must have earned some full- or part-time earned income in 2009. If you don’t have a Social Security card, the preparers are authorized to process your ITIN.
The school is at 401 Pacific Avenue. The program is being provided through a partnership between, the Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Unified School District, Alameda Red Cross, Alameda Family Services, and the City of Alameda Development Services department.