United Way of Santa Barbara’s Mega Tax Day Offering Free Tax Filing Assistance Before April 15th Deadline

The April 15th deadline to file taxes is just days away, but United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) is offering one last opportunity for families and individuals who earned less than $66,000 in 2018 to get free tax prep and filing assistance.

Experienced IRS-certified volunteers will be stationed at the United Way’s 320 E. Gutierrez St. office for Mega Tax Day this Saturday, April 13th from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Free income tax return prep and E-Filing assistance will be offered to help residents receive their tax refunds and claim all available credits that can help improve financial stability.

UWSBC President & CEO Steve Ortiz is expecting a large turnout Saturday.

“With the filing deadline on Monday, this is one of the last opportunities for people to get tax assistance,” said Ortiz. “We encourage anyone who qualifies and is still looking for help with their taxes to stop by our office this Saturday. Even those who aren’t required to file taxes based on their income may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. We’re here to answer questions and help people claim any money that’s available to them, and these services are free to the community.”

In particular, volunteers are looking to ensure that even more working families benefit from California’s recently-expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). With the combined federal and state credits, eligible families can get up to $6,000 back after filing their taxes. The average combined refund for both credits combined is $3,000. All you need to do to take advantage of this credit is to file your state and federal tax returns. More information is available at http://www.unitedwaysb.org/vita.  

In 2018, more than 100 volunteers through UWSBC’s United for Financial Empowerment Partnership prepared more than 2,100 returns, securing more than $2.3 million in refunds for participants.

United Way of Santa Barbara County 2019 Mega Tax Day

What: Free bilingual tax preparation services

When: Saturday, April 13th, 2019 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

Where: United Way of Santa Barbara County, 320 E. Gutierrez St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

For more information about United Way of Santa Barbara County and the VITA program, visit http://www.unitedwaysb.org/vita.

About United Way of Santa Barbara County

United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) has the unique and positive vision that “in our community, everyone has a hopeful future.” Since 1923, UWSBC has served Santa Barbara County community through funding, volunteer development, and by utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. UWSBC’s local community driven Power of Partnership™ priorities help children, families & seniors with a focus on Education, Income and Health.

About the United for Financial Empowerment Partnership

United Way of Santa Barbara County’s United for Financial Empowerment Partnership is a community collaborative focused on increasing the financial stability among low-income families in Santa Barbara County. Partners: The Franklin Neighborhood Center, Westside Community Center, Montecito Bank and Trust, Dons Net Café, Santa Barbara Unified School District, AARP, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara, UCSB, UCSB’s Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), UCSB VITA Club, Isla Vista Youth Projects, Police Activities League.

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