May 11, 2021

People with children should file 2020 taxes soon to get the Advance Child Tax Credit payments and any other tax benefits they're due.

Anyone eligible for the Child Tax Credit, must file their taxes to receive these benefits. With the deadline to file federal taxes extended to May 17th, it is important to claim the credits that apply to them. If they are unsure how to file their 2020 tax returns, they can find free federal tax assistance here in the Bay Area, or call 211.

The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. The VITA program has operated for over 50 years, offering free tax help to:

  • People who generally make $57,000 or less
  • Persons with disabilities; and
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers

Those in need can check available sites on the VITA Locator Tool.

Additional information on benefits and eligibility can be found below:

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Multi-Lingual Social Media Postcards

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  • Korean: 2021년 미국인구조계획법 은 2021년 한해서 자녀 세액공제를 확대했습니다. 납세자들은 2021년 세금 신고서를 제출하기 전에 이 세액공제의 일부를 받을 수 있습니다. #IRS
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  • Russian: Закон «Американский план спасения» 2021 г. расширяет сферу действия Налоговый зачет выплачиваемый за ребенка только на 2021 налоговый год. Налогоплательщики могут получить часть зачета в 2021 году до подачи налоговой декларации за 2021 год. #IRS
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  • Vietnamese: Đạo Luật Kế Hoạch Giải Cứu Người Mỹ năm 2021 chỉ mở rộng Tín Thuế Trẻ Em cho năm thuế 2021. Những người đóng thuế có thể nhận một phần tín thuế của họ trong năm 2021 trước khi nộp tờ khai thuế thu nhập năm 2021. #IRS
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  • Haitian Creole: Lwa Plan Sovtaj Ameriken 2021 an etann Kredi Fiskal Timoun nan pou ane fiskal 2021 an sèlman. Kontribyab yo ka resevwa yon pati nan kredi yo a an 2021 anvan yo depoze deklarasyon taks 2021 yo a. #IRS
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