Controller’s Free Tax Prep Map Helps Angelenos in Need Get Credits They Deserve
LOS ANGELES — With Tax Day less than a month away, L.A. Controller Ron Galperin seeks to reduce the stress of meeting the May 17 filing deadline by offering low- to moderate-income Angelenos a new, interactive map of free tax preparation service providers throughout the area. The map, available at lacontroller.org/TaxPrepLA, lists 55 tax prep assistance locations that include local community-based organizations and resource centers.
Controller Galperin said: “So much has changed during the pandemic, but the requirement to file taxes remains. This map will help Angelenos get their taxes done on time and claim credits they need and deserve. As the taxpayers’ watchdog, I believe everyone — especially people in disadvantaged communities — should have access to resources that will save them money and put them on better financial footing during this difficult time.”
Galperin created the free tax preparation map specifically to aid individuals and households who earn less than $57,000 annually and qualify for state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). Taxpayers who have disabilities, are elderly or with limited English skills are encouraged to check eligibility for these free services.
All service locations on the map are staffed with IRS-certified volunteers who provide basic tax prep services, in addition to enrollment specialists who can help people sign up for public benefits like the CalFresh food assistance program. Explore the free tax prep map here.
Other resources from Galperin
The map is part of Controller Galperin’s push to use technology to connect people with services during the pandemic. Other resources include the COVID-19 Resource Hub and the Food for Californians map of free and low-cost meal providers.