Take advantage of free tax help in Lakewood


Trained volunteers are available at the Weingart Senior Center and other sites in the Lakewood area to assist people of all ages in preparing basic tax returns.

At Lakewood’s Weingart Senior Center, appointments are for Mondays and Thursdays through April 17. Reservations are required. Call 562-630-6141 to make an appointment. Volunteers are from the AARP Foundation. The Weingart Senior Center is located at 5220 Oliva Avenue.

Saturday tax assistance is available at sites throughout southeast Los Angeles County through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The program is coordinated with state Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome Horton, who represents Lakewood and other communities in the region.

To find a location and register, go to www.boe.ca.gov/members/horton/vita.

Both the AARP and VITA programs are open to anyone, and include help in determining whether a taxpayer can qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Every year, over $2 billion goes unclaimed by taxpayers who are eligible but don’t file for the EITC.

When registering at either event, you will learn what schedules and forms you can be helped with. In general, it is basic tax returns.