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.
A five year old girl's dream came true today with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Leona, who lives in San Marcos and is battling cancer, wished to have the ultimate pirate ship playhouse in her backyard.
In celebration of American Heart Month, Rady Children's Hospital hosted its 34th annual Heart Party. It was a chance for former heart patients and the doctors who treated them to reunite.
Fair, warm and dry weather continues through Saturday, but an onshore flow will bring low clouds and fog Saturday night and much cooler weather to the county on Sunday.
Neighbors say the Prince Recycling Center on Voltaire Street is attracting crime and transients, and they want the center to move out of the area.
Few of us really know how our coworkers spend their time when they are off the clock. In Thursday's Zevely Zone, Jeff gets to know Ryan Brothers - a writer here at KFMB Stations and News 8 - who put his own signature on Mission Trails Regional Park.
A San Marcos man who shot his girlfriend and left her body in her car, parked along northbound Interstate 15 near Escondido, was convicted Friday of first-degree murder.
A local company is on the cutting edge of ocean exploration using unmanned vehicles powered by wind and sun and the future looks bright for these ocean drones, which currently are being tested off the coast of San Diego.