With tax season in full swing, CILS tax services are here to serve you!
California Indian Legal Services (CILS) has begun offering its free tax assistance services and is pleased to announce its partnership with the national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Those interested in free tax preparation should contact their local CILS office. This year all CILS offices will be screening each taxpayer prior to tax preparation. Taxpayers will need to visit their local CILS office and present copies of their tax documentation along with photo identification for themselves and their spouse and Social Security cards for all individuals listed on the return including all dependents. As always, CILS’ tax assistance is designed to help taxpayers claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, a special tax credit worth up to $6,044 for low income workers. Don’t lose out on this great tax credit and don’t pay commercial tax preparers to help you get it. Even if you don't qualify for this tax credit, CILS may still be able to assist you at no cost. Share our flyer!
Our program will operate from February 5, 2014 to April 4, 2014.
Visit your local CILS office to get started today:
Bishop - 873 N. Main St., Bishop, CA; 1-800-736-3582
Escondido -609 S. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA; 1-800-743-8941
Eureka - 324 F St. Eureka, CA; 1-800-347-2402
Sacramento- 117 J St. Suite 300 Sacramento, CA; 1-800-829-0284 ext. 306
Upcoming training: January 31, 2014 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Catamaran Hotel, San Diego, CA
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute and California Indian Legal Services are hosting this one-day training with presentations by representatives from the White Earth Nation. This training will focus on the provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) that allow tribes, under Public Law 280 jurisdiction, to request the federal government re-assume certain criminal jurisdiction on the tribe’s reservation. The morning session will include information on Public Law 280 and the TLOA followed by an afternoon presentation by tribal representatives from the White Earth Nation, the only tribe whose request has been granted for federal re-assumption of jurisdiction under Section 221 of the TLOA. This training is for tribes that may be interested in submitting a formal request for re-assumption to the Office of Tribal Justice or are interested in learning more about the re-assumption process.
Happy 2014! With the new year come questions about medical coverage laws and requirements. For more information please view our new Health Web Links page or skip to the California Rural Indian Health Board's Covered California Native American page. Looking for health insurance applications? Click on subsidized or unsubsidized OR exemption information and exemption application paper applications. Click on the links or view all through our Health Web Links page.
As another year comes to a close and you reflect upon the events of 2013, we hope you will help promote the mission of CILS and make a donation online through Just Give or using our mail in Contribution Form. CILS is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and donations to CILS are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Every donation is valued and appreciated.