preparing taxes You're going to want to do your taxes this year, whether to claim the Child Tax Credit or California's expanded Earned Income Credit. Even though our OJ Do-It-Yourself Tax Assistance sessions are cancelled during the pandemic, you can still get the help you need at whatever level you need.

Here's where:

    • Ready to do your own taxes?
      Code For America has created an online interface that will lead you through, step by step. Code For America is known for simplifying access to government benefits. Get started at https://www.getyourrefund.org/en
  • Need an IRS VITA certified tax preparer to do your taxes for you?
    SparkPoint Contra Costa is open to the public again, and they're doing taxes. This service is free and open to all! You can schedule an appointment or simply do a drop-off of documents, but please keep in mind that paperwork does need to be filled out during drop-off, which typically takes no more than 30 minutes. For appointments, try to have at least 1.5 to 2 hrs. set aside.

    SparkPoint requires that you bring your tax forms, along with a current ID and Social Security card or a copy of them. For questions or to schedule an appointment, you can reach the Career Center at (925) 252-2331.

Use these great services to claim your whole refund and claim valuable tax credits!