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VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE

Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times

Free help is available to taxpayers who need asistance with their income tax returns. Trained volunteers, familiar with basic tax law, are now working through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs to aid with simple returns. Although the programs are aimed at elderly, handicapped, low income and non-English-speaking taxpayers, anyone who has a simple return but needs assistance will be helped, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Here is the list of places in Orange County where these programs are offered:

ANAHEIM Anaheim Senior Center 280 E. Lincoln Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Mondays, 9 a.m.-noon; now through April 10. By appointment only. Services/Contact*: TCE; call Ramona Long, (714) 533-1981 for appointment George Washington Community Center 250 E. Cypress St. Hours/Restrictions: Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; now through April 11 Services/Contact*: VITA St. Anthony’s church 1450 E. La Palma St. Hours/Restrictions: Fridays, 7-10 p.m.; now through April 14 Services/Contact*: VITA West Anaheim Senior Center 1800 W. Ball Road Hours/Restrictions: Tuesdays, 1:30-4 p.m.; now through April 11. By appointment only. Services/Contact*: TCE; call Ramona Long, (714) 776-7560, or (714) 535-8219 for appointment BREA Brea Branch Library 1 Civic Center Circle Hours/Restrictions: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; now through April 11 Services/Contact*: VITA Brea Community Center 500 S. Sievers Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Mondays, 1-4 p.m.; now through April 10. By appointment only; home calls available. Services/Contact*: TCE; call Verna William, (714) 990-7750 for appointment CYPRESS Cypress Library 5331 Orange Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.; now through April 11 Services/Contact*: VITA FULLERTON Fullerton Multi-Service Center 348 W. Commonwealth Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Wednesdays; 1-4 p.m.; now through April 12. By appointment only. Services/Contact*: TCE; call Theron Ashby, (714) 738-6305 for appointment

HUNTINGTON BEACH Huntington Beach Library 7111 Talbert Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.; now through April 12 Services/Contact*: VITA LAGUNA NIGUEL Crown Valley Library 30341 Crown Valley Parkway Hours/Restrictions: Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.; now through April 11 Services/Contact*: VITA Dana Niguel Library 33841 Niguel Road Hours/Restrictions: Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.; now through April 12 Services/Contact*: VITA LA HABRA Senior Center 165 E. La Habra Blvd. Hours/Restrictions: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; now through April 10 Services/Contact*: VITA La Habra Public Library 221 E. La Habra Blvd. Hours/Restrictions: Fridays, 1-4 p.m.; now through April 14. By appointment only. Services/Contact*: TCE; call (714) 526-7728 for appointment PLACENTIA Gomez Center 1701 Atwood Ave. Hours/Restrictions: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on alternating Wednesdays; now through April 12 Services/Contact*: VITA Placentia Senior Center 143 S. Bradford Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Fridays, 12:30-3 p.m.; now through April 14. By appointment only. Services/Contact*: VITA; call Bob Huff, (714) 630-3871 for appointment Whitten Center 900 S. Melrose St. Hours/Restrictions: Mondays, 7-9 p.m.; now through April 10 Services/Contact*: VITA SAN CLEMENTE Ole Hanson Beach Club 105 W. Avenida Pico, 1st Floor Hours/Restrictions: Saturdays, 8-11 a.m.; now through April 15 Services/Contact*: VITA San Clemente Community Center 100 N. Avenida Seville Hours/Restrictions: Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.; now through April 8 Services/Contact*: VITA SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO San Juan Capistrano Library 31822 Camino Capistrano Hours/Restrictions: Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; now through April 15 Services/Contact*: VITA SANTA ANA Southwest Center 1601 W. Second St. Hours/Restrictions: Mondays, 6-9 p.m.; now through April 10 Services/Contact*: VITA El Salvador Recreation Center 1825 W. Civic Center Drive Hours/Restrictions: Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.; now through April 13 Services/Contact*: VITA Newhope Branch Library 122 N. Newhope St. Hours/Restrictions: Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.; now through April 12 Services/Contact*: VITA Our Lady of the Pilar church 1622 W. Sixth St. Hours/Restrictions: Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.; now through April 11 Services/Contact*: VITA Corbin Community Center 2215 W. McFadden Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Tuesdays, 7-10 p.m.; now through April 11 Services/Contact*: VITA Delhi Center 542 E. Central Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Fridays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; now through April 14 Services/Contact*: VITA YORBA LINDA Yorba Linda Senior Center 4701 Casa Loma Ave. Hours/Restrictions: Thursdays; 9 a.m.-noon; now through March 30. By appointment only. Services/Contact*: TCE; call Claudia McKenn, (714) 961-7185 for appointment

* VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; TCE: Tax Counseling for the Elderly.

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Source: Internal Revenue Service


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