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Free Tax Help Available for Low and Moderate-Income Households

Feb 21, 2024 11:47AM ● By Sacramento County News Release

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - ​​Now is a great time to think about filing income taxes. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for which anyone with a household income less than $63,398 might qualify. 

The County of Sacramento Department of Human Assistance (DHA) has again partnered with the United Way California Capital Region to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program​. This program offers a free income-tax preparation service to moderate- and low-income working individuals and families with the emphasis on claiming the federal Earned Income Tax Credit.

All taxpayers earning a gross incom​e of $63,398 or less qualify for this Free Tax Preparation Service. For the 2023 tax year, the earned income credit ranges from $600 to $7,430, depending on your filing status and the number of  children you have. 

Investment income must be $11,000 or less for the year. 

The Department of Human Assistance site will be available through April 4 by appointment at 2700 Fulton Ave., Sacramento. Available hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

Also bring a valid photo ID for you and your spouse, Social Security cards for everyone listed on your tax return and all tax forms such as W2s, 1099s, student loan interest/tuition statements and book receipts.

If available, bring last year’s tax return. If you plan to itemize deductions, have the necessary paperwork, such as mortgage interest​ statement, real estate taxes and charitable donations.

Be ready to show a 1095-A and/or 1095-B form if you had health insurance through the Affordable Care Act or Medi-Cal.

If you are married and filing jointly, both spouses must attend the appointment.

Call 916-498-1000 to make appointments at the Fulton office. To make an appointment at other locations offering free tax-preparation services to moderate- and low-income individuals and families, call 2-1-1. ​