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CSET Offering Free Tax Assistance

CSET Offering Free Tax Assistance

Community Services Employment Training (CSET) is offering free tax preparation services to Kings and Tulare County families with a household income less than $50,000.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will operate through April 12.

More than 100 volunteers took a month-long course to become IRS certified tax preparers.  The volunteers are trained to file taxes for the families and help them identify tax credits for which they are eligible.  Common tax credits include the Earned Income Credit, Child Tax Credits, Child & Dependent Care Credit, Retirement Savings Contribution Credit, and Education Credits.

The VITA program is available at multiple locations in Tulare County.  Residents can visit an office in Orosi, Porterville, Tulare (in February only) and Visalia for assistance. The sites are open from 9am-3pm on Saturdays.

Kohl's Open 100 Hours Straight

For the first time ever, Kohl’s will keep its doors open for more than 100 hours straight – beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24.

 “The holiday season is an eventful time for families, and Kohl’s is making it easy for shoppers to wrap up their last- minute gift giving with 24-hour access to Kohl’s stores right up to Christmas Eve,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief customer officer. “Not only does Kohl’s have the hottest gifts at incredible prices, now shoppers will have the added benefit of being able to check off their lists, day or night, whenever it is most convenient for them.” 

Holiday Book Sale in Downtown Visalia This Thursday

Holiday Book Sale in Downtown Visalia This Thursday

What better gift this holiday season than the gift of a book?

Since Visalia does not have a bookstore, Read for Life will give Tulare County residents a place to shop for books this holiday season !

You can stop by Santa’s Book Sale at Santa's Village, at 205 W. Main Street.

It will be open Thursday, December 19th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

You can also snap pictures of Santa for $5 during Downtown Visalia’s Holiday Open House (located next door to the sale).  

All proceeds from Santa’s Book Sale will benefit Read for Life.

New children’s books will be for sale with a large selection discounted to prices as low as $2.99. If a book title is not in stock, Read for Life will order the book and have it available for purchase at the next Santa’s Book Sale date.

Read for Life is the Tulare County nonprofit organization that gives books to kids who have none.

Don't Lose Your Home!

Don't Lose Your Home!

Community Services Employment Training (CSET) is offering free foreclosure prevention counseling.

French Yarn in Need of New Home!

French Yarn in Need of New Home!
The Tulare Historical Museum needs your help in spreading the word.  It' has an extremely large selection of beautiful wool yarns from France.  The yarn is 100% wool and there are many colors available.  The yarn is perfect for embroidery or needlepoint.               The skeins are left-overs from arts & crafts projects from the past--and could be put to good use by a loving artist.   &n

Mark Your Calendars! Score Bargains in Corcoran Next Month!

Mark Your Calendars! Score Bargains in Corcoran Next Month!

Back-to-school shopping weighing you down?

Get ready for Corcoran’s first Merchant Sidewalk Sale!

The event sponsored by the Corcoran Chamber of Commerce will take place on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Buyers can score great deals all along Downtown Corcoran.

Along with the spectacular savings offered by merchants, shoppers have the chance to win special give-aways by shopping local.

 

Back-To-School Shopping? Read this first!

Back-To-School Shopping? Read this first!

It's time to think about ways you can shop wisely for back-to-school clothing and school supplies. Savvy shoppers begin planning now to get the most for their back-to-school dollars.

"Hold on to your wallets", said CEO, Blair Looney of Better Business Bureau serving Central California. School supplies, school clothes, electronics, shoes and much more will be purchased in the upcoming months and one third will most likely do some of that shopping "online". Families are prepared to spend an average of $800 to get their children ready for the new school year.

Just about everyone has felt the economic pinch and with that, families plan to shop for sales now more than ever. Shopping online can be more intriguing due to coupons, and buy more generic or store brands, among other money-saving strategies.

On-line purchasing may save time, but check before you click!