Cal Poly’s Free Tax Help Is Back


Tax season is upon us and Cal Poly is once again offering free tax assistance to the community.

More than 50 IRS-certified Cal Poly students will help community members file their taxes. Although the program is free, there are certain requirements.

“These people must meet certain requirements such as having less than $58,000 in gross income for the year,” said business student Ahmed Cruz.

This year, new protocols are in place, including making appointments in advance when possible, wearing a mask and also limiting the number of people present.

“We only allow one representative per family, which means if you come here to claim dependents, you must come alone, but you must bring each person with your family’s social security number,” Cruz added.

Since 1992, business students have been involved in preparing the return, which is then reviewed by chartered accountants. The program aims to provide practical experience for students.

“I feel really honored, it’s a way to represent my college, my university and have an impact on the community,” Cruz said.

“My family used to go to VITA to file their taxes and this year I’m finally able to do it for the community so it’s come full circle for me, I’m really proud,” said Imad Rashad , business student.

Community members have said it’s a service they’re happy to see available.

“I think it’s a wonderful service for someone like me who doesn’t make a lot of money, so it’s really helpful to have this service,” said San Luis Obispo resident Eileen Akin. “It’s a wonderful opportunity, I think, for students to learn as well.”

Vita clinics on Cal Poly’s campus will be held in the commercial building on the third floor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through March 12.and. There will also be additional clinics held at:

Allan Hancock College Community Education Center (Building S-103)

800 S. College Drive, Santa Maria

Seven sessions on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., from February 12 to April 9 (closed on February 19, March 26 and April 2)

By appointment only; visit []

Oceano Elementary School

1551 17th Street, Oceano

Five sessions on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., from February 12 to March 12

By appointment only; visit []

For more information about the program or to make an appointment, you can visit this website.


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