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Los Angeles County – Senator Carol Liu (D- La Cañada, Flintridge) is partnering with the Tzu Chi Foundation and Citrus College to provide a free tax assistance event on Saturday, March 15th, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm at the Citrus College computer lab.  This event will have certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) professionals on hand to provide tax preparation assistance and free electronic filing for those making up to $52,000.

According to a report by the New America Foundation, over 800,000 Californians let 1.2 billion dollars in tax credits go unclaimed just in 2009 alone.  These tax credits can provide much needed relief for working families.  The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for example, is a refundable federal income tax credit designed for low and moderate income working individuals and families.  Enacted by Congress in 1975, the EITC is intended to give a financial boost to working families. People who have earned incomes at or below a certain level, are not claimed as a dependent, and meet certain other criteria may qualify.

“In these tough times it is critical that our residents are aware tax programs, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.” said Senator Liu. “Credits can make a big difference for families.  I am pleased to work with local partners to provide this much needed free service to our residents.”

Attendees are advised to bring the following financial documents:

  1. Proof of Identify (Driver’s License or photo ID) for all people who will be listed on the return.
  2. Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for all people who will be listed on the return.
  3. All income documentation: W-2’s, 1099’s or other tax forms received.
  4. A copy of last year’s tax return.
  5. Bank info. (check copy) for direct deposit or withdrawal.
  6. Expenses documentation if applicable: 1098 (mortgage interest), education expenses, child care expenses (need provider’s Identification number, name and address), rental expenses (landlord’s name, address and phone number).

To find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, please visit:–It’s-easier-than-ever-to-find-out-if-you-qualify-for-EITC

To schedule an appointment with a certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance professional on March 15th, please contact Senator Liu’s office at: 818-409-0400.



Sen. Liu represents about 930,000 people in the 25th Senate District, which includes Burbank, Bradbury, Glendale, Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, Altadena, San Marino, Shadow Hills, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Sunland-Tujunga, Monrovia, Duarte, San Dimas, La Verne, Claremont, Glendora, and Upland.


Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, whose name means “compassion and relief,” is an international humanitarian organization with special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in 1966, the organization has roughly 10 million volunteers and donors in 49 countries and has provided aid in more than 70 countries.  Active in charity, medicine, education, environmental protection, and disaster relief, Tzu Chi also operates one of the world’s largest bone marrow donor registries and promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. Registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Tzu Chi has more than 80 offices and over 120,000 volunteers and donors in the United States. For more information, please visit


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