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Orange County Families Can SAVE Big This Tax Season

Free Tax Prep for Orange County Families If your household earned less than $60,000 in 2019, you may qualify for free tax preparation. Watch the video below to learn how the Sanchez family saved over $300 on tax preparation:   Last year, OC Free Tax Prep helped over 21,000 taxpayers file their taxes for free. … Read More »

A Mom’s Guide to Free Tax Preparation in Orange County

  Raising children in Orange County is expensive. That’s why, when it comes to filing your taxes, it’s helpful to take advantage of free tax preparation and cash back tax credits. As a mom, here’s what you need to know about filing taxes this year:  OC Free Tax Prep If your household made less than… Read More »

Public Service Announcement: Cash Back Tax Credits

Every year, California leaves $2 billion in unclaimed Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) dollars on the table. Over 50,000 California workers filed their tax return in 2017 but failed to claim this cash back credit. Watch the video below to learn more and to make sure you’re not leaving money on the table:   If… Read More »

[Canceled] Free Tax Prep in Santa Ana

[Canceled] Free Tax Prep in Santa Ana with Senator Tom Umberg Thursday, March 26, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Metrolink Station 1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701 Appointments are required and can be made by calling: (888) 434-8248  Households that earned less than $60,000 in 2019 are eligible for the free tax… Read More »

[Canceled] Free Tax Prep in Irvine

[Canceled] Free Tax Prep in Irvine with Supervisor Don Wagner Thursday, March 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.University High School4771 Campus Dr, Irvine, CA 92612 Appointments are required and can be made by calling: (888) 434-8248  Households that earned less than $60,000 in 2019 are eligible for the free tax filing services at this… Read More »

[Canceled] Free Tax Prep in Costa Mesa

[Canceled] Free Tax Prep in Costa Mesa with Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris Friday, April 3rd, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Costa Mesa Senior Center 695 W. 19th Street., Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Appointments are required and can be made by calling: (888) 434-8248  Households that earned less than $60,000 in 2019 are eligible for the free… Read More »

[Canceled] Hop on the eBus for Free Tax Preparation in Irvine, Santa Ana or Costa Mesa

Orange County United Way is bringing the eBus*, a self-powered mobile technology center, to three Orange County locations, Irvine, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa, this year. The one-of-a-kind eBus serves as a hub for free tax preparation assistance to help more Orange County residents keep their hard-earned money. Staffed with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance… Read More »

Are You a Part-Time Worker? You May Qualify for Tax Credits!

If you work part-time, you may qualify for cash back tax credits! There are two important tax credits to be aware of if you’re a part-time worker in California (scroll down to keep reading). As an Orange County resident, you might be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (also known as the CalEITC)…. Read More »

Get FREE Money-Saving Tax Tips: Text MONEYBACK to 50503

You can now get money-saving tax tips from Orange County United Way’s OC Free Tax Prep sent directly to your mobile device by texting MONEYBACK to 50503 and all for free! Brought to you by the Orange County United Way, OC Free Tax Prep can help you: File your taxes for FREE! In-person assistance is… Read More »

Expanding Free Tax Prep in Orange County

Orange County’s United Way is expanding free tax prep services around the county. Learn more about how these services can put more money in your pocket, and turn tax season into a vital financial lifeline for you and your family. Recent studies show that many U.S. households face steep financial vulnerabilities. In fact, more than… Read More »

Our Free Tax Prep Services Make Tax Season a Breeze

You work hard throughout the year—so when it comes to tax time, you naturally want to keep as much of your money as you’d like. Of course, that hinges on proper tax preparation, and on taking advantage of tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Thanks to Orange County United Way’s OC… Read More »

Tax Preparation Checklist for 2020: What to Gather Before Filing in California

There are a lot of forms involved in filing taxes, so make sure you have everything you need before preparing your tax returns in California. Bring any documents related to income earned throughout 2019. Gather forms supporting available deductions or tax credits related to healthcare, childcare, education, and job expenses. It is never too early… Read More »

Free Tax Preparation Services Benefit California Households [Testimonials]

OC Free Tax Prep is making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in Orange County. United Way’s free tax prep program provides services for low-income households to help them get the most out of their tax returns. Families are educated about Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC) and other refunds they may be… Read More »

Are You a Senior? You May Qualify for Free Tax Prep

For some senior citizens, tax season can be a little bit of a chore—a strain to get returns filled out and filed with the IRS in the allotted timeframe. For others, it’s a true economic lifeline—a chance to get a much-needed tax return that can offset the cost of living. No matter which camp you’re… Read More »

For College Students in Orange County, Free Tax Prep De-Stresses Tax Season

When you’re a college student, and you’re facing your first-ever income tax return, it can feel a little overwhelming. The good news is, you don’t have to go through this process alone. To all college students in Orange County, we are proud to announce free tax prep services. These services are available via OC Free… Read More »

OC Free Tax Prep Offers Seasonal Solutions for Entrepreneurs

For self-employed business owners, tax season can be daunting, to say the least. It takes a lot of effort to get your taxes filed accurately and in a timely manner—to say nothing of time, which is always a scarcity for entrepreneurs. For eligible entrepreneurs in Orange County, however, there are resources available to make tax… Read More »

How the EITC Can Put Money in Your Pocket

Many working families have to stretch every dollar and make every penny count. Even with good, steady employment, it takes careful budgeting just to keep up with bills and expenses—to say nothing of saving for college tuition, investing in a retirement account, and stashing away money for a rainy day. But what if there was… Read More »

File Your Income Taxes for FREE At OCFreeTaxPrep.com [Video]

Orange County United Way partners with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other nonprofits and local businesses in Orange County to bring Orange County residence the OC FREE TAX PREP campaign. Those individuals and families that qualify can get free tax preparation and assistance throughout the website OCFreeTaxPrep.com. Watch to Orange County United Way’s President &… Read More »

Is There a Minimum Income to File Taxes in California?

For many California residents, filing taxes is a requirement, but there can be some exceptions based on income and other factors. Individuals or families who do not earn a significant gross income may not have to file a federal income tax return, but there can still be advantages to doing so. OC Free Tax Prep… Read More »

Can You File Your Taxes Online for Free in California?

Preparing and filing your taxes does not have to be costly if you use a free online tax filing program in California. Households earning less than $60,000 in adjusted gross income may be eligible. Earnings less than $56,000 may qualify families for the Earned Income Tax Credit as well as free filing. Free tax preparation… Read More »

Best Places to File Taxes Online in California

There are many options for filing taxes online in California, and OC FREE TAX PREP highlights two. Use MyFreeTaxes.com to prepare and file a basic federal tax return for free. Turn to the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) for in-person help with preparing taxes and determining claims or deductions. Over the years, the process… Read More »

Money-Saving Tax Tips 2019

You can now get money-saving tax tips from Orange County United Way’s OC Free Tax Prep sent directly to your mobile device by texting MONEYBACK to 50503 and all for free! Learn more about the program here. With tax season upon us once more, Orange County residents are seeking ways to get their returns completed… Read More »

Volunteer Tip of the Week: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) affects VITA?

Standard Deduction Amount Increased For 2019, the standard deduction amount has been increased for all filers, and the amounts are as follows. Single or Married Filing Separately—$12,200. Married Filing Jointly or Qualifying Widow(er)—$24,400. Head of Household—$18,350. Due to the increase in the standard deduction and reduced usage of itemized deductions, taxpayer may want to consider… Read More »