Centers offer help to low-income and working families
Los Angeles, CA -- Individuals, families and small business owners who earn less than $50,000 a year can take advantage of free income tax preparation services and financial advice at community tax centers coordinated by the Greater Los Angeles Economic Alliance.
At these centers, trained certified tax professionals can assist people with current and prior year return preparation, ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) application preparation and information on free and low-cost financial education and banking services.
“This is a great service for residents and small businesses owners, and I hope everyone takes advantage of it. In the past, our trained and certified tax professionals have helped folks claim up to $4,824 that was rightfully theirs through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit and other programs,” said Colleen Mooney, executive director of South Bay Center for Community Development.
The Community Tax centers are open through April 15, and there are 15 locations throughout Los Angeles County. The following are walk-in centers: Downtown L.A. at Loyola Law School 919 S. Albany St., Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Inglewood Main Library, 101 W. Manchester Blvd., Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mid City, Korea Daily 690 Wilshire Pl., Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on the Westside, Fairfax Adult School, 7850 Melrose Ave., Wednesday 5-8 p.m.
The following locations can be accessed on an appointment-only basis. Call the Greater L.A. Economic Alliance at (310) 693-6530 to schedule a time. Bell Gardens, 6423 Florence Pl.; Compton Tower of Faith CDC, 4323 E. Rosecrans Ave.; Crenshaw Brooklyn Community AME Church, 1900 W. 48th St.; Hollywood at Oakwood Resource Center, 3910 Oakwood Ave.; Long Beach Center for Working Families, 1900 Atlantic Ave.; Maywood, 4450 E. 60th St.; Norwalk Senior Center, 11929 Alondra Blvd.; Watts United Credit Union, 1827 E. 103rd St.; and Huntington Park, 3355 Gage Ave.
WASHINGTON—More than 11 million Blacks lived below the poverty line in 2011, including an estimated 5.2 million that languish in severe poverty, according to a recent report.
The yearly report by the Half in Ten campaign found that, even though Blacks comprise 13 percent of the total population in the United States, they accounted for 27.6 percent of Americans living below the poverty line, defined as $23,018 a year for a family of four. Less than one in 10 of those living below the poverty line in 2011 were White.