FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The May 17th tax day is fast approaching.
If you make less than $57,000 you can get help filing your taxes for free and get extra tax credits.
United Way Fresno and Madera Counties is helping lower-income families secure up to $4,200 in tax credits.
"It puts a lot of money back into the pockets of the taxpayers," said Viri Perez of United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties. "This then helps them to either start a savings account, to pay bills, to put food on the table. So I encourage everybody to file their taxes."
The Golden State Stimulus is a one-time payment of $600 or $1,200 per tax return that is available to families who have an individual taxpayer identification number filer earning less than $75,000.
The California Earned Income Tax Credit ranges from $243 to just over $3,000 and is available to families with incomes up to $30,000.
"All they have to do is file their 2020 taxes and they'll be getting their checks soon if they did qualify for it," said Perez.
If you need more time to file, you can request an extension to file by October 15. But if you owe taxes, they still need to be paid by Monday.
"We can print out an extension form here for them and help them fill it out, and they have to mail it before May 17 If they miss it, and they're going to owe taxes."
Trained volunteers at United Way Fresno and Madera Counties will be available Saturday, May 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. to review and prepare tax files and make photocopies.
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You can also file taxes for free online with the IRS or at www.myfreetaxes.org