OC Free Tax Prep is making a difference in the lives of individuals and families in Orange County. In partnership with Citi Community Development, the United Way of Orange County provides free tax preparation 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 credits they may be eligible for in order to receive more money back to care for their children, pay down debt, and build their savings.
The Vazquez family has benefitted from these free tax prep services to provide for their family of five:
In 2018 alone, OC Free Tax Prep filed nearly 18,000 tax returns for residents of Orange County resulting in more than $16 million in state and federal refunds. This money went back into the pockets of low-income families so they could afford basic necessities, increase savings, and help stimulate the local economy.
Shirley, a single mother of three, was able to access additional resources and put refunds toward planning for the future:
Many people miss out on valuable refunds and credits each year because they do not realize they are eligible to receive them. With help from OC Free Tax Prep and its sponsors, families can feel confident that they are getting the most from their return and don’t have to worry about how they will afford to file. This program aims to break the cycle of poverty one household at a time.