SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The County of San Diego Friday began offering free tax preparation to low-income families and individuals as part of its annual Earned Income Tax Credit campaign.
Throughout April 18, more than 400 volunteers will file the returns electronically at about 80 locations throughout the region, said Jose Alvarez, of the Health and Human Services Agency. An appointment can be made by calling 211, he said.
"In these difficult times, we want to help low-income families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet," said Greg Cox, vice chairman of the county Board of Supervisors.
The campaign was launched by the county's Health and Human Services Agency in 2003 to get residents to take advantage of the federal Earned Income
Tax Credit designed to help low-income individuals and families keep more of their wages, although the IRS estimated about 20 to 25 percent of those eligible do not claim the credit, Alvarez said.
Families and individuals who worked in 2011 and earned less than $48,500 could qualify for as much as $5,600 in EITC credit, Alvarez said, noting about $77 million in EITC dollars go unclaimed by county residents each year.
Last year, more than 43,000 federal and state returns were filed as part of the campaign, which brought about $25 million back to local residents, almost $8.2 million of that from EITC funds, Alvarez said.
Also as part of the campaign, students from San Diego State University, Cal State San Marcos and Southwestern College will screen families and individuals for for CalFresh eligibility. Alvarez said.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for San Diego County inland valleys, mountains, and deserts. The warning is valid for Monday morning through Thursday evening
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.