San Bernardino, CA, January 12, 2013 – The San Bernardino County Transitional Assistance Department (TAD) is offering free tax preparation services for low to moderate income taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Services are available beginning January 22, 2013 to those who earned less than $51,000 in 2012. Tax returns are filed electronically, for both California and federal taxes. Tax-payers can call to make appointments and there are extended hours and Saturday appointments available. Walk-ins are also welcome. Refunds are received in as few as 7 days after acceptance. The program is focused on increasing awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit, which was developed to help assist those who are in financial need as well as to reward employment. Every year, thousands of families miss out on this tax credit, money that could be used to help meet their families’ basic needs. Those who meet the income guidelines and qualify can call the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for more information at (909) 252-4903.