Free Tax Filing Assistance and ‘Cash for College’ Fair - February 7

Tax Freedom ProjectNeed help preparing and filing your taxes? Students and local residents are invited to get free tax preparation assistance from representatives of the Intuit Tax Freedom Project and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Vocational Technology Building.

Also at ECC Compton on Feb. 7 is a “Cash for College” Fair for parents and students from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. also in the Vocational Technology Building. This complimentary event is open to the public and includes an in-depth presentation on available financial aid and scholarships to help students afford college. Online computer assistance will be provided along with expert guidance in completing the Federal Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) in preparation for the March 2 submission deadline. Assistance will be available in both English and Spanish.

Taxpayers may need more help than usual this year to navigate new tax rules associated with the Affordable Care Act. The new law requires taxpayers to report their health insurance coverage, a new rule that is tied to tax credits and penalties, and affects all federal individual income tax returns filed in 2015 for the 2014 calendar year.

In order to be eligible for free tax preparation services, one of the following must apply: earned $31,000 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or less in 2014; are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); or served active military duty in 2014, including Reservists and National Guard, with a 2014 W2 and an AGI of $58,000 or less.

Participants need to bring a copy of their 2013 tax return, if available; a form of Government Identification, for each taxpayer and spouse, if applicable; a social security number or individual taxpayers’ identification number (ITIN) for each family member; proof of income including W2s and 1099 forms; documentation of deductible expenses; Health Insurance Form (1095-A); and account and routing numbers of checking and savings accounts for direct deposit and a faster refund.

It is recommended attendees make a reservation for tax preparation assistance; call 866-577-1231 and mention you are calling to make an appointment for the California Free Tax Event at El Camino College Compton Center.

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