PACE Gears Up For Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Season

February 02, 2013

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is now in full swing! Come have your taxes prepared for free by PACE's IRS-certified, trained volunteers now through April 13, 2013.
Want free tax help?
If you are interested in having your taxes done at no cost, please call to make an appointment: PACE Business Development Center in Los Angeles - (213) 353-9400. 
(Open Tuesdays from 2pm-7pm & Saturdays from 9am-2pm)
The Internal Revenue Service estimates that 15-25 percent of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), goes unclaimed by low-income workers every year. This is equivalent to millions of dollars that America’s lowest wage earners are forgoing. Unfortunately, many of the eligible low-income families in our communities do not know that the tax credit exists or are using paid tax preparers to claim the credit. About 67 percent of PACE recipients use paid preparers, which decreases the amount of net credit that they receive.
PACE's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is committed to increasing the number of low-income families and individuals who claim EITC and receive their income tax refunds. Through our culturally and linguistically competent staff and volunteers, we have made significant strides.
PACE has been a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provider since 2006. PACE operates one of only a few VITA sites centrally located in Downtown Los Angeles. Low to moderate income households are offered free income tax preparation services, asset development materials, and pre-screening for public benefits. Families and individuals are also assisted in claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and in accessing financial services and training such as credit building and Individual Development Accounts (IDAs).