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MAKE TAX TIME A BUDGET BOOSTER

For thousands of households across our region, accessing the right resources during tax season is critical in obtaining a full tax refund. The simple truth is that when taxes are done right, the result could mean valuable tax credits and refunds that go a long way in a family’s annual budget.

According to the IRS, approximately 20% of residents do not claim one of the biggest boosters to family incomes - the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable credit that can amount to as much as $6,143 per qualifying family- simply because they are unaware of their eligibility, or do not file their taxes.

If you earned less than $60,000 in the previous year, you may qualify for the EITC and you can have your taxes prepared for free from the Kern VITA Partnership.

And as of January 2016, the CalEITC provides additional resources to the working families in our community who most need it.

Mon

MAOF
2130 Chester Ave #200
8:30am-12pm
1:30pm-2:30pm

United Way
5405 Stockdale Hwy #200
10am-2pm

Vita Scott Cntr
1101 E Belle Terrace
3pm-8pm

Wonderful Lost Hills Park
14688 Lost Hills Rd
10am-2pm
Dates: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/16

Vineland School Dist.
14713 Weedpatch Hwy
4:30pm-7pm
Dates: 2/3, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23

Tues

MAOF 
2130 Chester Ave #200
8:30am-12pm
1:30pm-2:30pm

United Way
5405 Stockdale Hwy #200
10am-2pm

Vita Scott Cntr
1101 E Belle Terrace
3pm-8pm

KCCSS
3701 N. Sillect Ave.
9am-3pm

Vineland School Dist.
14713 Weedpatch Hwy
4:30pm-7pm
Date: 2/18, 4/14

Arvin Haven Drive
Cafeteria
341 Haven Dr.
4pm-4pm
Dates: 2/4, 2/25, 3/10

Arvin Family Resource Cntr
207 S. A St.
10am-4pm - 2/11, 3/24
4pm-8pm - 1/28, 4/7

Wed

MAOF
2130 Chester Ave #200
8:30am-12pm
1:30pm-2:30pm

United Way
5405 Stockdale Hwy #200
10am-2pm

Vita Scott Cntr
1101 E Belle Terrace
3pm-8pm

Wonderful Lost Hills Park
14688 Lost Hills Rd
4pm-8pm
Dates: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/11, 3/18

Shafter Veteran's Hall
309 California Ave
4pm-8pm
Date: 2/5

Buttonwillow Family Research
42600 Highway 58
4pm-7pm
Date: 2/5

Highland High
2900 Royal Scots Way
5pm-8pm
Date: 1/29

Thurs

MAOF
2130 Chester Ave #200
8:30am-12pm
1:30pm-2:30pm

United Way
5405 Stockdale Hwy #200
10am-2pm

Vita Scott Cntr
1101 E Belle Terrace
3pm-8pm

Buttonwillow Family Research
42600 Highway 58
4pm-7pm
Date: 2/6

Greenfield FRC
5400 Monitor St.
2pm-6pm
Dates: 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 4/9

Fri

United Way
5405 Stockdale Hwy #200
10am-3pm

Vita Scott Cntr
1101 E Belle Terrace
3pm-8pm

Shafter Veteran's Hall
309 California Ave
4pm-8pm
Dates: 2/7, 2/28, 3/13, 3/27, 4/10

Nobel Elementary
1015 Nobel Ave
10am-3pm
Dates: 2/14, 4/3

Vineland School Dist.
14713 Weedpatch Hwy
4:30pm-7pm
Date: 2/21

Sat

St. John Baptist
1401 E. Brundage Ln
9:20am-3pm
Starting 2/8

Vita Scott Cntr
1101 E Belle Terrace
8am-2pm

East Bakersfield High
2200 Quincy St.
10am-6pm
Date: 2/15

Foothill HS
501 Park Dr.
10am-6pm
Date: 4/4

South HS
1101 Planz Rd
10am-6pm
Dates: 2/8, 2/22

Calvario Bakersfield Church
4040 Niles St.
12pm-4pm
Dates: 2/15, 3/21

Rudy Salas
1401 Garces Hwy Delano, CA
9am-3pm
Date: 2/1

Boys and Girls Club / Rudy Salas
8301 Segrue Rd. Lamont
9am-3pm
Date: 2/29

Sun

United Way
5405 Stockdale Hwy #200
10am-2pm

Vita Scott Cntr
1101 E Belle Terrace
1pm-5pm
Date: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16

E-Bus at Mercado Latino / Financial Workshop Event
11am-5pm
Date: 2/9

Rudy Salas - Bus Bakersfield
801 Niles St.
9am-3pm
Date: 2/23

E-Bus Madison Place Apartments
1885 Madison St.
9am-3pm
Date: 2/16

E-Bus
Location & Time: TBA
Date: 3/22

E-Bus
Location & Time: TBA
Date: 4/12

E-Bus Beneficial State Bank
3401 Pacheco Rd. Suite A
10am-2pm
Date: 3/29

E-Bus Tacos & Taxes Day
United Way
5405 Stockdale Hwy
10am-4pm
Date: 4/5

 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

United Way of Kern County has run many resourceful programs throughout the years in order to help the community. One of them being the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program. This program falls under the United Way of Kern County financial stability department which is a free income tax assistance program that has granted low income families and single individuals the option of not having to pay for such an expensive service, while still receiving quality work.

Thanks to the help of multiple local partners and our amazingly dedicated volunteers we have been able to not only provide this free service, but also bring money, that is much needed, back into our community. During the 2019 tax year, we were able to file over 2,500 tax returns and bring back right under 4 million dollars in tax refunds to the community! Our goal is to keep these numbers growing, but in order to do that, we need the help of volunteers.

By becoming a VITA volunteer, not only will you learn about tax laws, but you will develop and discover new skills, meet new people and even make great connections within the kern community. If you are someone looking for a volunteer opportunity where you want to make a change, come out and join us and become a part of the amazing VITA team.

How Do I Access VITA?

Call for more information:

661-834-1820

Cal EITC Resources

Locations include:

  • MAOF (Bakersfield main office)
  • Vida Scott Center (southeast Bakersfield)
  • Arvin Family Resource Center
  • Buttonwillow Family Resource Center
  • Child Support Services
  • St. John the Baptist Church (south Bakersfield)
  • K.C. Child Support (downtown Bakersfield office)
  • United Way of Kern County

Mobile VITA sites will be located at:

  • Self Help FCU
  • Bakersfield High School
  • East High School
  • South High School
  • Foothill High School
  • Lamont Family Resource Center

What do I Bring?

  • Picture ID
  • All W-2s
  • All 1099 for OTHER INCOME
  • All 1098 for EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES
  • Social Security Cards or ITIN for self and each family member / dependent
  • Childcare provider information: name, address, and tax id number or social security number
  • Bank account routing number (for direct deposit)
  • Previous year tax return – not required but helpful

Or, File Your Taxes for Free Online

United Way can also help you file your taxes for free, online.

For eligibility information, information on the tax credits you qualify for, and an easy-to-follow process, go myfreetaxes.org.

How Do I Volunteer?

Volunteers are needed to serve as tax preparers, greeters, and translators for the 2020 tax season. No experience is necessary and FREE training will be provided. Training begins soon. To get more information or register to volunteer please contact Susana at susana.e@uwkern.org or call (661) 834-2962.

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