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Posted on: January 25, 2020

VITA Program Offers Free Tax Preparation to the Community

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Tax season is here! The Fremont Family Resource Center’s (FRC) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free, quality tax return preparation assistance and electronic filing for eligible individuals and families with an annual household income of $56,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers will help eligible taxpayers claim their maximum refunds, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which can be over $6,000 for a family with three or more qualifying children.

FRC VITA also provides access to asset building or income support resources such as public benefits, low or no cost bank accounts, and financial education. VITA falls under the City of Fremont Human Services Department’s SparkPoint Program and has helped more than 29,000 families receive more than $45 million in tax refunds since 2002.

FRC VITA offers tax services at four locations in the Tri-City area.  The main tax site is the Fremont Family Resource Center, 39155 Liberty St., Building EFGH, in Fremont. Walk-in tax services are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm through April 14.  On April 15, VITA hours will be extended from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Throughout tax season, free on-site childcare is provided on a first-come basis as space is limited.  VITA services are also offered at the New Haven Adult School, 600 G Street (entrance on H Street), in Union City on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm through April 11 (closed March 14).  VITA is also available at the Tri-Cities One Stop Career Center, Ohlone College Newark Campus, 39399 Cherry St., Room 1211 in Newark by appointment only on Tuesdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm through April 14.  To make an appointment, visit the Fremont VITA website and scroll down to Schedule and Newark.   

This year FRC VITA offers a new drop-off service called Valet VITA for those with very simple, uncomplicated taxes.  Taxpayers drop off their tax documents one day and pick up the completed returns on another. The drop off site is the Union City Family Center, 725 Whipple Road, Union City on Tuesdays from 10:30 am  to 5:00 pm from January 28 – April 14.

For more information, visit the FRC VITA website or call SparkPoint Fremont at 510-574-2020 or 510-574-2026.

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