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Free help with preparation of income tax returns

Free help with preparing 2017 income tax returns is available from various sources throughout the Sacramento area.

This Saturday, Sacramento region households that earned $54,000 or less in 2017 can receive free tax help through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance effort led by United Way California Capital Region, with support from Citi Community Development.

The program’s first “Super Saturday” event will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grant Union High School at 1400 Grand Ave., in Sacramento, where Internal Revenue Service-certified volunteers will provide free, basic tax return preparation with electronic filing.

Local households that made $66,000 or less in 2017 can file state and federal taxes online for free at, sponsored by United Way Worldwide.

Sacramento Councilman and District 8 representative Larry Carr’s office said the United Way-backed tax-preparation services will be available at the Sam and Bonnie Pannell Community Center at 2450 Meadowview Road in Sacramento, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays between Feb. 2 and April 6. Appointments can be scheduled online, or call 916-498-1000.

For more Super Saturday events and weekday sites available during tax season, call (916) 498-1000 or visit here online. Sacramento residents can call 211. Services are being offered to residents in Sacramento, Amador, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties.

Members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the California Society of Enrolled Agents will be available to answer tax questions at no charge from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Feb. 3 at the Maidu Community Center, 1550 Maidu Drive, in Roseville. A presentation on the new tax law is scheduled from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; a presentation on tax resolution and other tax-related issues is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

For more information, call 800-829-7705 or send an email to

The Internal Revenue Service said a dozen brand-name IRS Free File partners offer their software free to eligible taxpayers. Each partner sets its own criteria, but any taxpayer earning $66,000 or less will find one or more software products available. The IRS said some providers offer both free federal and free state tax preparation.

Taxpayers can use the Free File Software Lookup Tool to find free federal and free state return options.

Taxpayers also can use their smartphones or tablets to electronically prepare and file their federal and state tax returns through IRS Free File. Taxpayers can access products using mobile devices in two ways: Use the IRS2Go app, which has a link to the Free File Software Lookup Tool, or use the device’s browser to go to The IRS2Go app is available for Android and iOS devices.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover