How to Prepare Your Taxes for Free

At a press conference on Friday, Supervisor David Campos talks about the benefits of the Earn it! Keep it! Save it! program

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Whether you like it or not, tax season has arrived.

People who earned less than $50,000 in 2011 can have their taxes prepared for free through the Mission Economic Development Agency’s Earn it! Keep it! Save it! program.

The program helps low- and moderate-income taxpayers keep the money they earn so they can spend it in their communities, said Maria Stokes of the United Way, the agency that oversees the program.

MEDA’s tax-preparation site is one of more than 200 throughout the Bay Area, and the program is growing. A few years back, fewer than than 75 people in the Mission used the program; last year, more than 5,000 participated. At a press conference on Friday to publicize the service, people were already waiting to get their taxes done.

To find a site near you, call 211 or go to

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