Public officials gathered at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library to announce the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to individuals in households earning $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and limited English language speakers.
Hosting a kick-off press conference were Rep. Judy Chu, State Controller Betty Yee, and Monterey Park Mayor Hans Liang.
The officials released the following joint statement:
“California leads every other state in unclaimed tax refunds. Many of those unclaimed refunds are of low-income families who are exempt from filing taxes but are still eligible for credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Child Tax Credit.
“This is a real problem. Millions of these dollars could go straight back into the pockets of families that have earned it. That is why today’s VITA program is so important. VITA’s services will help our most hardworking families navigate the complexities of an often confusing tax system to get the most out of their returns.” said Rep. Chu.
More information on VITA programs can be found at www.chu.house.gov.