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Community notebook: Free tax preparation services in Palo Alto

 

United Way Silicon Valley is partnering with financial institutions and nonprofit and government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, to offer free tax preparation services through its Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) locations throughout Santa Clara County, including two sites in Palo Alto: Mitchell Park Library (3700 Middlefield Road) and Star One Credit Union (3903 El Camino Real).

Workers who earned $53,000 or less in 2014 are eligible for the free tax service. Tax preparation services at the two Palo Alto locations are offered in English and Spanish. For more information, including hours of operation, services offered and whether an appointment is needed, call 211 or visit 211scc.org.

There are eight drop-off locations for tax filers to drop off tax information for tax preparers to work on while in between tax appointments. Star One Credit Union is a drop-off and walk-in site while Mitchell Park Library is just a walk-in site.

Those earning $60,000 or less is eligible for a free online tax preparation service at myfreetaxes.org.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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