Millions in Tax Refunds and Credits Are Waiting to be Claimed

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) — Board of Equalization (BOE) Chairman Jerome E. Horton urges taxpayers to find out if they are among the 49,000 Californians who are eligible to claim a total of $28 million in personal income tax refunds that the US Postal Service returned to the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) in 2015.  Most of the returned checks involve taxpayers who moved but failed to update their addresses.

“Taxpayers can learn whether they have a refund waiting, and can automatically be issued a refund once they have updated their mailing address, by using the FTB’s Check Your Refund Status online tool, available in both English and Spanish, or by calling FTB at 800-852-5711,” Chairman Horton said.

Additional refunds may be claimed with the 2016 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which will offer free tax preparation to households with incomes of $54,000 or less. Trained and certified volunteers from the BOE, the FTB, and university and community college accounting programs will provide tax preparation and filing assistance to individuals and families in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The volunteers will also assist taxpayers with claiming eligible refunds, and federal and state tax credits. Qualified taxpayers may be entitled to claim the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) of up to $6,242 and the state EITC of up to $2,653.

Several Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) events are scheduled throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties during February and March of 2016.  Free tax preparation assistance will also be available at Board of Equalization district offices and other locations.

“I strongly encourage taxpayers to claim the tax refunds to which they are entitled, take advantage of the 2016 VITA program to claim their share of millions of dollars in 2015 tax year refunds and EITC, and utilize direct deposit to receive their tax refunds more quickly and efficiently,” said Chairman Horton.

Elected in 2014, Chairman Jerome E. Horton is the Third District Member of the California State Board of Equalization, representing more than 9.5 million residents in Ventura County and portions of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. He was first elected to the Board of Equalization in 2010. Chairman Horton also serves as the Board of Equalization’s Property Tax Committee Chairman.  He is the first to serve on the Board of Equalization with more than 21 years of experience at the BOE. Horton previously served as an Assembly Member of the California State Assembly from 2000-2006.

The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board. The BOE collects $60 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services. It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.  For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit www.taxes.ca.gov.

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