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Volunteer students from the Cal State University Northridge Business Dept., help low-income individuals file their tax returns. The following information was verified as of 2014, but the Los Angeles Public Library is not responsible for any inaccuracies in the following information. Please speak with VITA Representatives directly to verify any updated program parameters and limitations.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free income tax return preparation for low-income taxpayers.
Due to the large number of individuals desiring assistance, the program has set a $60,000 maximum gross income (total) limitation per income tax return for those seeking help.
Married couples filing joint returns must have both spouses present when tax returns are being prepared.
CSUN-VITA is designed to assist taxpayers with basic problems on their income tax returns.
What you MUST bring:
•Valid Photo ID 
•Bring Social Security cards or ITINs for ALL dependents to be listed on the return 
•All wage reports forms - such as W-2's and 1099's
•Tuition Payments Statement 1098-T, if applicable
•Any other form marked "Important Tax Document"
•Prior years tax return and/or AGI (adjusted gross income) 
•Bank Account & Routing Number for Direct Deposit / Direct Debit
•Receipts for Child/Day Care Expenses & Provider's ID number
•Landlord's Name, Phone Number, and Address for CA Renter's Credit 
What V.I.T.A. DOES NOT prepare:
•Nonresident Alien Income Tax Returns, Nonresident International Students, etc.
•Amended Individual Income Tax Returns
•Income Tax Returns for prior years
•Married filing Separate returns
•Work Study Compensation, if reported on any other form other than W-2
•Form W-4 (Employee's withholding allowance certificate)
•Foreign Earned Income
***IMPORTANT*** WITHOUT the physical documentation present, your tax return CANNOT be prepared.
For more information, please call Sylmar Library at (818) 367-6102.
For ADA Accommodations, call (213)228-7430 at least 72 hours prior to event.

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