Story By Charles Roberts | Highland Community News
Many people are eligible for earned income tax credit (EITC) and may not be aware of it, so Assemblyman Marc Steinorth arranged an informational meeting at the Sam J. Racadio Public Library and Environmental Learning Center in Highland to spread the word about the EITC and those eligible for it on Saturday, March 11..
Among the specialists available to help, Juan Villa of Golden State Opportunity Foundation was available to spread the word about the California EITC, and Enid Hernandez was available to help prepare income tax returns,
Stephanie Maldanado, program manager with the San Bernardino County TAD VITA also gave out information on income taX preparation. According to the county’s website, “The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department (TAD), in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), is committed to offering free income tax return preparation to eligible low to moderate income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA services are available to eligible individuals and families whose combined household earned income was less than $55,000 in 2016.”
Steinorth enjoyed a brief tour of the library, including the children’s section with its many animals and fish, and the outdoor roof garden with solar tubes to provide free lighting for the library. Steinorth especially enjoyed meeting “Pumpkin,” the large terrapin, who wanders his pen entertaining guests.