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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996
Free help with income tax preparation will be offered on Saturdays from Feb. 3 through April 13 at the Brea Library. The income tax assistance program uses trained community volunteers and is designed to help elderly, low-income and non-English-speaking residents with simple federal or state tax returns, officials said. The program will be held in the Brea Library Community Room in the Civic & Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle.
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February 10, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
For years, Sandra Rascon filed her own tax return, never knowing that she was missing a huge tax credit -- one that could generate an annual refund worth nearly two months' pay for the health aide. Three years ago, she stumbled upon a program offering tax preparation assistance for free and it changed her life. Last year, she bought her first home. The down payment came largely from tax refunds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1998 | JOHN POPE
Free assistance with income tax forms will be available Saturdays at the Brea Library from Feb. 7 through April 11. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program uses trained community volunteers to help with basic income tax preparation. The program is particularly geared toward elderly, low-income and non-English-speaking residents. Those who wish to participate are asked to bring all pertinent information and forms. The Brea Library is at 1 Civic Center Circle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2005 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
Need a manicure? Along Pico Boulevard, just west of downtown, beauty salons will file both your fingernails and your tax returns. Getting married? Here, notaries public in tiny storefronts marry customers -- or divorce them -- then switch desks to file tax returns for the newlyweds or those newly filing single. In the Pico-Normandie neighborhood, income tax preparers are as plentiful as pupuserias and panaderias, and the competition for W-2 forms is as creative as it is keen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1999
Cal State Northridge student volunteers will provide income tax preparation assistance to low-income families and individuals through April 15. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, offered through the College of Business Administration and Economics, is in its 28th year. About 300 CSUN students undergo intensive training and then collectively prepare an average of 10,000 state and federal tax returns each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1997 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The American Assn. of Retired Persons and the IRS have joined forces to aid the old and those of moderate income with income tax preparation. For the 29th straight year, the association will offer its Tax-Aide Program at various spots around the county beginning Feb. 3. Volunteer counselors trained by the Internal Revenue Service will be available to help taxpayers, who need only make an appointment.
NEWS
February 14, 1991
Federal and state income tax preparation is being offered free at a number of locations throughout southeast Los Angeles County. The service is provided by Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Qualifying taxpayers who want free help should bring the tax form booklets that they received in the mail, records of income and deductions, all W-2 statements and 1099 statements to: Whittier Library, 7344 Washington Ave., Whittier, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2005 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
Need a manicure? Along Pico Boulevard, just west of downtown, beauty salons will file both your fingernails and your tax returns. Getting married? Here, notaries public in tiny storefronts marry customers -- or divorce them -- then switch desks to file tax returns for the newlyweds or those newly filing single. In the Pico-Normandie neighborhood, income tax preparers are as plentiful as pupuserias and panaderias, and the competition for W-2 forms is as creative as it is keen.
BUSINESS
February 20, 1993 | LAWRENCE J. MAGID, LAWRENCE J. MAGID is a Silicon Valley-based computer analyst and writer
Income tax preparation programs have been around for more than a decade but, until a couple of years ago, they were usually more trouble than they were worth. It didn't seem worth spending time and money on a program when, for less effort, you could do your taxes manually or take them to a professional tax preparer. I no longer feel that way. Tax-preparation suppliers have improved their programs and lowered their prices, making this software an excellent choice for many taxpayers.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
For years, Sandra Rascon filed her own tax return, never knowing that she was missing a huge tax credit -- one that could generate an annual refund worth nearly two months' pay for the health aide. Three years ago, she stumbled upon a program offering tax preparation assistance for free and it changed her life. Last year, she bought her first home. The down payment came largely from tax refunds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Any student, worker or retiree who earned less than $25,000 last year and has not yet filed income taxes for 2001 can get free tax preparation and file personal income tax returns online. The new program, announced Wednesday by Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach), is being provided by the Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation. Information on the program is available at www.quicken.com /freedom.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2001 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gilbert Bahn is a deduction buncher. Well aware of the costly complexities of the U.S. tax code, the Moorpark retiree will put off paying certain creditors and expenses one year while making prompt payments the next. By writing checks at just the right times, he can boost his tax deductions in years when he'll itemize and reduce them when he takes the standard deduction. That allows him to get the biggest tax savings out of his deductible expenses--a classic year-end planning technique.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2000 | Dana Bushee, (714) 966-5636
Orange County taxpayers now have two new outlets that dispense free or low-cost legal assistance with federal tax matters. The Santa Ana-based Legal Aid Society of Orange County and the Chapman University School of Law in Orange received grants for taxpayer clinics. The money was awarded by the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic grant program, which opened three years ago in Laguna Niguel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It began with a tip from a jealous lover. Incensed at finding him holding hands with another woman at his favorite bar, Joseph Tawil's girlfriend decided to take revenge. The next day, she phoned the Internal Revenue Service anonymously, reporting that Tawil, a professional tax advisor from Dana Point, was romantically involved with a female IRS employee and had paid the woman $7,000 to fix cases.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2000 | By KATHY M. KRISTOF,
No new tax legislation was passed last year--but that doesn't mean filing your 1999 return will be easy. Thanks to inflation adjustments, "phaseouts" and other complexities, there is plenty to befuddle taxpayers who prepare their own returns. Here are a few of the altered or merely confusing items to consider when preparing your 1040. * Child tax credits of $500 per child--up from $400 per child for the 1998 tax year--are available for taxpayers who have children 16 and younger living at home.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2000 | KATHY M. KRISTOF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Did you exercise incentive stock options last year, pay a lot of state income tax or claim deductible medical expenses for 1999? If so, it's time to worry. You're at risk of being subjected to the dreaded alternative minimum tax, a little-known form of federal taxation that is creeping up on an increasing number of Americans. The number of taxpayers subject to the AMT has more than quadrupled in the last decade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It began with a tip from a jealous lover. Incensed at finding him holding hands with another woman at his favorite bar, Joseph Tawil's girlfriend decided to take revenge. The next day, she phoned the Internal Revenue Service anonymously, reporting that Tawil, a professional tax advisor from Dana Point, was romantically involved with a female IRS employee and had paid the woman $7,000 to fix cases.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2000
If you haven't done your taxes yet, here's a basic guide to get you going. For more information, common questions with answers, tax forms and stories, check out http://www.latimes.com/taxes. Federal Taxes (IRS) * Forms: Order federal forms and publications by calling (800) TAX-FORM. Allow 10 days for delivery. If you have a fax machine, 100 of the most commonly used forms can be ordered by calling (703) 368-9694 from the telephone connected to the fax machine.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2000 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON
Congress eliminated most tax shelters for individual taxpayers with the 1986 Tax Reform Act. But that hasn't stopped some Americans from aggressively seeking ways to reduce their tax bills.
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