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Monday, January 16, 2012

Free tax preparation available

Lower-income people will be able to take advantage of free tax preparation services through the Volunteer  Income Tax Assistance program. Known locally as the Northern Virginia CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign, the program is available to working families and individuals who earned less than $50,000 in 2011.

A coalition of public agencies, businesses, libraries, faith-based groups, and community organizations operate the program, which is coordinated by Fairfax Countys Department of Family Services. IRS-certified volunteers will help low-income families and individuals receive the maximum tax refund to which they are entitled and determine if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The program is available at 21 sites throughout Northern Virginia, including the following locations in the Mason District:
  • Falls Church SkillSource6245 Leesburg Pike, #315, Seven Corners—beginning Jan. 18, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m., Wednesdays 3-7 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. This site will host a special one-day event, Deloitte Tax Day, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with refreshments and child care.
  • Boat People SOS—6066 Leesburg Pike, #100, Seven Corners—beginning Feb. 2, Thursdays 5-7 p.m.
    Hispanic Committee of Virginia—5827 Columbia Pike, #200, Bailey’s Crossroads—beginning Feb. 3, Fridays 9 a.m.-3 p.m. By appointment only: 703/671-5666.
  • Thomas Jefferson Library—7415 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church—beginning Feb. 4, Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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