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More than 200 people locally received an earned income tax credit of more than $107,000 last year

On Friday, March 18, Community Service & Workforce Development (CSWD) will celebrate "VITA Awareness Day" in front of the Briggs Building at Fourth and San Benito streets in downtown Hollister from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a nonprofit organization that prepares tax returns for the community at no cost. Last year CSWD served more than 200 people and approximately $107,350 was returned to taxpayers in the form of the Earned Income Credit (EITC). Upon meeting certain eligibility requirements posted by IRS, the EITC is a credit given to the taxpayer from the federal government.

You can visit the IRS website to see if you can qualify for this credit, which can vary anywhere from $50 to $1,000.

“Don’t know if you qualify?”, “Don’t know if you need to file?”, or even a better question, “Is it in my benefit to file?” Stop by the VITA Awareness Celebration this Friday, March 18 and get your questions answered. We believe this program can benefit a large portion of the residents in San Benito County.

For more information on VITA, please call 211, or Community Service & Workforce Development (831) 637-9293,, or by visiting BenitoLink or the United Way of San Benito County‘s webpage:

Andi Anderson