The League of United Latin American Citizens will launch a program with the Jackson Hewitt tax firm to educate Hispanic families on important tax topics, LULAC announced Tuesday.
The aim of the Pocket Smart, Managing Your Money Wisely program is to bring bilingual tax experts into the Hispanic community and to give Hispanic taxpayers a heads up on how to protect themselves from refund fraud, Margaret Moran, LULAC national president, said in a news release.
"The Latino community faces many challenges in these areas," Ms. Moran said. "This partnership will help overcome such obstacles and build a better understanding of financial management, which ultimately will help improve the quality of life for those in our community."
LULAC and Jackson Hewitt will host tax workshops in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Houston.
The Pocket Smart initiative is designed to help Hispanics manage their money better and make informed decisions regarding day-to-day transactions, investments and business opportunities, according to the release.
"We want to help Latinos and taxpayers everywhere understand the importance of filling their taxes (and) getting all of the tax benefits available," said Mark Stever, chief tax officer of Jackson Hewitt.
Pocket Smart workshop locations
- University of California, Los Angeles, Feb. 20 and March 6
- University of Southern California, March 5
- California State University, Sacramento, March 20
- Magnolia Multi-Service Center, Houston, Feb. 24
- Denver Harbor Senior Citizens Center, Houston, Feb. 25
LULAC, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the nation's largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer organization.
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. provides full-service individual federal and state income tax preparation. It has about 6,500 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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