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Volunteer income tax help in Monterey County

MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. -- Officials cut the ribbon on a new site in east Salinas that houses the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel), Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue and United Way of Monterey County representatives were on hand at the Alisal Family Resource Center Friday afternoon to kick off the program.

Volunteers will help low-income families properly fill out their tax return to maximize refunds.  Annabelle Rodriguez, program manager with the Alisal Family Resource Center, said they will place emphasis on tax credits, including those for children, earned income and education.

The free program is only available to families with a household income of less than $49,000, and it is first-come, first-served.  Officials recommend eligible taxpayers bring a photo ID, Social Security card or ITIN for workers and all dependents, W-2s, 1099s, 1098s and all other tax forms received, a voided check for direct deposit and tax return for 2009.

The VITA program is available from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm every Friday until Tax Day, April 15, at the Alisal Family Resource Center, located at 1441 Del Monte Avenue.  Monterey County taxpayers can also receive help at the following places and times:

Castro Plaza Family Resource Center, 10601 McDougall St., Castroville, Saturdays, 1 pm - 4 pm, Feb. 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9

Salinas (CET) Center for Employment Training, 421 Monterey St., Salinas, Wed. & Thurs. evenings, 5 pm - 8 pm starting Feb. 2

Salinas One-Stop Career Center, 730 LaGuardia St., Salinas, Saturday mornings, 9 am - 12 pm starting Feb. 5

John Steinbeck Library, 350 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm starting Feb. 5

Seaside One-Stop Career Center, 1760 Fremont Blvd. #D2, Seaside, Saturday mornings, 9 am - 12 pm starting Feb. 5

Soledad (CET) Center for Employment Training, 930 Los Coches Dr., Soledad, Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm starting Feb. 5

King City Library, 402 Broadway, King City, Monday evenings, 5 pm - 7 pm, Feb. 28 & Ma

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