Joined by community members on Feb. 21, state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) announced a new partnership with CSUN’s income tax preparation assistance program at Morningside Elementary School, one of three new clinic locations in the city of San Fernando. The partnership between Hertzberg and CSUN’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic, in collaboration with Citi Community Development, aims to improve the financial situation of thousands of struggling low-income families in San Fernando by encouraging residents to take advantage of free state and federal tax preparation services offered by accounting students from CSUN.
The senator’s goal, he said, is to increase the number of eligible families receiving the Earned Income Tax Credit as part of his initiative to spark economic and community development throughout San Fernando. With assistance from Hertzberg and Citi, which is helping fund the program expansion, the VITA Clinic expanded its services this year by opening three new clinic locations in San Fernando: the San Fernando Library, Las Palmas Park and Morningside Elementary School. The VITA Clinic is powered by more than 300 student volunteers who are IRS-certified tax preparers and operates at 12 sites, six days a week, throughout the San Fernando Valley — offering 120 hours of service every week during tax season. For more information, visit vita.csun.edu or call (818) 677-3600.