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March 1, 2006

Free tax preparation program for low to moderate-income residents continues

All sites are now open for the annual free tax preparation program helping hard-working, low to moderate-income families and individuals file their taxes and claim refunds owed to them, such as federal Earned Income Tax and Child Care credits.

The third annual Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EIKISI) Contra Costa Campaign runs through April 15. All 12 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites are now open throughout the county.
Households earning $38,000 or less can receive up to $4,400 in tax refunds. Last year, the program helped about 1,700 Contra Costans claim more than $2 million.


The EIKISI program is sponsored by the Family Economic Security Partnership (FESP), a public, private and nonprofit collaboration including the Contra Costa Employment and Human Services Department, Contra Costa Health Services, United Way of the Bay Area, First Five Contra Costa, IRS, and the East Bay Community Foundation.

The VITAS sites are at the following locations and times:

West County: 

Richmond: Community Housing Development Corp. of North Richmond, Senior Community Room, 1555 Third St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 28-April 15; Police Activities League, 2200 Macdonald Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 24-April 13; Pullman Point Community Room, 2989 Pullman Ave., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Feb. 1-April 6.
San Pablo: One-Stop Career Center, 2300 El Portal Drive, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 2-April 15.
For more information on EIKISI, visit: cchealth.org or call 800-358-8832.

Other Locations

Antioch: OPTIC, 3102 Delta Fair Blvd., 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 14-April 15.
Bay Point: Bay Point Works, 3105 Willow Pass Road, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays though Fridays, Feb. 1-April 14.
Pittsburg: One-Stop Career Center, 415 Railroad Ave., 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Jan. 14-April 13.
Oakley: St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 971 O’Hara Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4 –April 15.
Brentwood: One-Stop Career Center, 281 Pine St., Brentwood, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 11 and 25, March 11 and 25, and April 8.
Concord: CCEDO Monument Futures, 2699 Monument Blvd., Ste. G, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4-April 15; Catholic Charities Family Service Center, 3540 Chestnut Ave., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Feb. 1-April 6; Concord One-Stop, 4071 Port Chicago Hwy, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 4-April 15.

For more information, contact: Lloyd Madden 925-313-1736