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Councilman John Lee Honors Local Students

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Councilman John Lee congratulated the students from his LEE12 “Excellence in Leadership Program” at City Hall last week. The LEE12 program is designed to promote civic engagement in students, allowing them to build their knowledge about local government and learn more about the impact each and every one of them can have on their community. Shown above, John Lee, center, and students top row: Tyler Dickinson, David Tinajero, Alexander Alonzo, Sahil Noah Sharif. Bottom row: Melia Mikha, Marlon Tapia, Kassandra Jara, Sydney Truong, Claudia Shin, Clare Lee and Grace Garcia.

As the IRS is now accepting and processing returns for the year 2022, the light at the end of the tunnel otherwise known as California State University, Northridge’s VITA Clinic returns as well.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is offering free tax preparation help to low-income families and individuals, including veterans, people with disabilities, and non-native English speakers as well. The service runs through April 18, the official due date for taxes. The clinic takes place at CSUN and select locations throughout Los Angeles County.

Rafael Efrat, the director of the CSUN VITA Clinic, said,.“Building on over 270 energetic student volunteers, we hope to be able to serve as many as 7,500 low-income taxpayers in the community. This year, we are offering fully in-person services after three years of serving the public, mostly virtually,” 

Efrat said “transformative” gifts from Wells Fargo, which last year totaled more than $200,000, enabled CSUN VITA Clinic to offer free tax preparation and financial coaching services at 13 sites throughout Los Angeles County.

Services are by appointment only. To make an appointment, see if they are eligible to receive free tax assistance, or find a tax preparation site, visit

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