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How about if you could have all the amenities of a tax office and it comes to you…on a bus!

There's a unique way that underserved communities in Ventura County can access free help with taxes
Community College Foundation
There's a unique way that underserved communities in Ventura County can access free help with taxes

It’s tax season and there's a unique way to help underserved communities in Ventura County access free help with filing their taxes.

With inflation increasing prices of many basic needs, including food and housing, money from tax credits can help folks to put food on the table, pay bills, and afford rent, explained Mitchel Sloan, the President and CEO at United Way of Ventura County, who are hosting a VITA – the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program – on a bus, to help file taxes for VC residents making less than $60,000, at no cost.

"We aim to reach our most vulnerable populations," Sloan told KCLU.

IRS-certified volunteers will be on-site to prepare and process the returns, said Sloan.

It has all the amenities of a tax office but it comes you you...on a bus!
Community College Foundation
It has all the amenities of a tax office but it comes you you...on a bus!

Residents can sign up for an appointment by either calling 211 or by visiting www.MyFreeTaxes.org for self-appointment setting. Filers should be prepared with all documents needed to file. A checklist of documents can be found here.

The bus will be at 828 Ventura Street Fillmore, CA 93015, located in the parking behind the County of Ventura Building, on Saturday, February 11th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.