Johnson Corporate Business Academy students provide free tax help

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Students in Hiram Johnson High School Corporate Business Academy filed 280 tax returns for low-income families, returning approximately $380,000 in federal refunds back into the local economy.

The students are participants in VITA, or Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, a program in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board.

Johnson has participated in the VITA program since 1997. Since then, Hiram Johnson students have filed thousands of tax returns for our community, putting hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the local economy.

Every year, about 20 students are trained to provide this service to the community. Along with current students, alumni of VITA return to the campus to help out.

Hiram Johnson works directly with the Sacramento Coalition for Working Families on this program.

Social sciences teacher Marcia McAllister has been involved with the program since its beginning at Johnson and is credited with its success.