Business notes for March 28, 2012

By Union Democrat staff March 29, 2012 07:35 am

    The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association is planning a series of candidate forums inviting state Assembly, Calaveras County District Attorney and all county supervisorial candidates.
    The first event, co-sponsored by the Copperopolis Community Center, will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Copperopolis Historical Armory, 695 Main St.
    The forum will feature the Assembly candidates first, then District Attorney candidates and finally all supervisorial candidates. There will be a time allotted for the public to mix with the attendees.
    Information tables will be provided for campaign materials and light refreshments also will be served.
    Additional forums are planned for Valley Springs and Mokelumne Hill at later dates.
    For more information, call CCTA at 785-1491.

Free tax help

    The American Association of Retired Persons tax aide program is offering free tax preparation and assistance for taxpayers of middle to low income through April 15.
    People do not have to be a member of AARP or a retiree older than 60 to utilize the service, a press statement said.
    Services are performed by volunteers who are trained and certified by the Internal Revenue Service in partnership with AARP. 
    The tax assistance sites in Calaveras County include Rabo Bank in Arnold, Foothill Village in Angels Camp, Pizza Factory in Valley Springs and the Calaveras County Senior Center in San Andreas.
    To make an appointment, call 795-8208 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Tax assistance at Columbia College
    Members of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program are available to help people prepare their income taxes for free through April 17 at Columbia College and the Tuolumne County Senior Center.
    VITA volunteers are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (except March 29) from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis, in Manzanita 18-1 at the Columbia College campus; and, on Saturdays by appointment only at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, at 540 Greenley Road, Sonora.
    For more information or to make an appointment, call Vickie Garrett at 588-5246.