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Volunteers offer free tax help

As tax day steadily approaches, free tax services are now available in two local locations for eligible families.

Those earning $52,000 or less in 2013 are eligible for free tax services, including tax preparation and electronic filing, as well as help applying for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

These services are provided through the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program offered by United Way Silicon Valley. The program aims to connect eligible families with free tax services from IRS-certified volunteers at local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

Two local VITA sites for these free tax services in can be found at San Antonio Place at 210 San Antonio Cir. in Mountain View on Feb. 22 and Our Lady of the Rosary Church hall at 3233 Cowper Street in Palo Alto on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through April 12.

Tax preparation services at VITA sites are offered in a number of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Farsi and Arabic.

Information and additional VITA sites can be found by dialing 2-1-1, the United Way's Information and Referral line, or by going to www.211scc.org.

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