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CAST Tech students prepare income taxes for free
Cast Tech ninth-grader Melina Ornelas helps Elena Perez prepare her taxes


Forget Turbo Tax. Get your income taxes done for free by students at CAST Tech High School.

Since January, dozens of students at the Centers for Applied Science and Technology Network’s downtown technology campus have helped people file income tax returns every Tuesday and Thursday evening. The students are IRS-certified to process tax returns through the agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA).

Since 2019, students have processed more than 300 returns and completed 151 so far this year, said Lillian Bernal, VITA site coordinator. The goal is to process 200 returns this year.


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