Kickoff for local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

VITAwebimageDEL PASO HEIGHTS – Sacramento-area dignitaries will be on hand at Grant Union High School on Saturday, January 30 to celebrate the kickoff of the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that provides free tax help for qualifying residents. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the school’s auditorium, 1400 Grand Avenue, speakers will address the important savings to the local community, as well as the first ever state Earned Income Tax Credit.

Speakers include Stephanie Bray, President and CEO, United Way California Capital Region;

Darren K. James, SPEC Area 3 Director, Internal Revenue Service; Dr. Richard Pan, California State Senator, District 6; Kevin McCarty, California State Assemblymember, District 7;

Phil Serna, Sacramento County Supervisor, District 1; and Allen Warren, Sacramento City Councilmember, District 2.

The VITA Super Saturday event will continue with tax appointments where IRS-certified volunteers will provide free basic tax return preparation with electronic filing for more than 500 local residents throughout the day. Volunteers will inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify, such as the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. There will also be a resource fair with nonprofits/companies helping low-moderate income families. For more information, a list of other Super Saturday events and weekday tax help sites in Sacramento County, call 2-1-1 or visit