income taxpayers are forced to dip into their tax return just to cover the cost.cost tax preparation services to taxpayers with incomes below $52,000.
This tax season, MAOF prepared a total of 2,256 free tax returns at its Montebello and Bakersfield offices, saving taxpayers more than $370,000 in preparation fees. While the number of taxpayers surged at MAOF’s Montebello office, the Bakersfield office was forced to turn people away due to lack of program funds and volunteers. Nonetheless, the two offices managed to secure sizable tax refunds for taxpayers. In total, MAOF’s VITA program secured nearly $2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits and nearly $500,000 in child and education credits.