VAN NUYS, CA — Friends of the Family, a Van Nuys-based family resource center, is offering free income tax preparation for individuals and families with incomes under $50,000 per year (certain conditions apply). Those filing can find out if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit; can get a refund faster with electronic filing, and save money by getting a refund direct deposited into your bank, eliminating check cashing fees.

If you are due a refund, you can get it in as few as five to eight days. You can also open a bank account while your taxes are being prepared. Friends of the Family is located at 15350 Sherman Way, Ste 140, Van Nuys, CA 91406 and is open on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call (888) 376-9360 to make an appointment for free income tax preparation, or to ask questions. Friends of the Family serves disadvantaged families who are struggling to provide care and support for their children but are challenged by poverty and low income, lack of education and employment, shifts in family structure, family or community violence, and holes in the social safety net. For more information, visit

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