Fifty-nine South Coast residents received free assistance with preparing their tax returns, thanks to Puente volunteer tax preparers Lary Lawson, Robert Johnson and Jan Trusso. Puente helped participants receive $66,614 in refunds from the federal government and $6,994 from the State of California.
Puente was one of 29 tax sites that worked with the programmatic and financial support of Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) is a coalition of Bay Area organizations that provides free tax preparation to households earning less than $50,000 a year. The program was sponsored by United Way of the Bay Area.