With traditional electronic filing and the new free-file program available, the Cal State L.A.'s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program is now offering free income-tax preparation services for low- to moderate-income individuals ($49,000 or less) who cannot prepare their own tax returns.
On every Saturday through April 2, VITA services for the 2011 tax season will take place on the third floor of Salazar Hall, Room 343.
It will operate on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Appointments are not necessary.
Since there are certain limitations and requirements that are mandated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), tax filers are encouraged to see what they should bring with them, as well what types of returns can and cannot be done. For details, go to http://www.calstatela.edu/programs/vita/ or call (323) 215-5486.
Assistant site manager Narbeh Malakian said, "It is a special feeling to see people come to our school and leave happy by getting the maximum amount of tax refund that they should get. I feel very lucky to be part of a program that serves the community by giving the opportunity to the students to apply their knowledge in to a real practice."
The Internal Revenue Service and Cal State L.A. faculty have trained and certified Cal State L.A. students to make a difference in their communities as part of the VITA program for 13 years, providing an excellent service-learning opportunity for the final-year accounting students. The CSULA VITA site is coordinated by David Hossain, associate professor of accounting at Cal State L.A. In 2010, the CSULA VITA program received the prestigious 'Lowest Rejection Rate' award from the IRS for the second year in a row and a Maria Shriver Letter of Recognition for providing outstanding services to the community for the past few years.