It’s time to file your taxes

State and federal personal income tax returns for 2010 are due on April 18, 2011. Since Friday, April 15, is a legal holiday in Washington DC (Emancipation Day), the IRS has announced that taxpayers nationwide have until the following business day, Monday, April 18, to timely file returns and pay taxes. California will accept as timely, tax returns and payments received on April 18.

Need help filing your taxes?

Starting in February, more than 1,000 centers statewide open through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. These sites offer free help with tax form preparation. Some offer services in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. For information on locations throughout California, visit www.ftb.ca.gov and click on the free filing assistance link. You can also access and download tax forms online at www.ftb.ca.gov as well as file your taxes online.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), also provides a number of services online to help residents file their Federal income tax returns. The IRS also has a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to help prepare your federal income taxes. In addition to the free tax return preparation assistance available at VITA sites, many offer free electronic filing (e-file). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster if you have your refund deposited directly into your bank account.

Learn the locations, dates, and hours of the volunteer sites by calling the IRS toll-free at 800-TAX-1040 or 800-829- 1040. You can also get free telephone assistance by calling 800-829-1040.