THE VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

15 Jan

Tax season is just around the corner and many of you wonder where to file your taxes.

You may qualify for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) or the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs. Both programs offer free tax help. Trained volunteers will help you with your tax returns, in addition most sites offer free e-filing. If you take advantage of the e-file program you will receive your refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into your bank account.

Who qualifies for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program?

The VITA Program offers free tax help to people with low to moderate-income (generally, $50,000 and below).

The TCE Program provides free tax help to people aged 60 and older.

Items to bring to the VITA/TCE site to have your tax return prepared:
•    Proof of identification
•    Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents
•    Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
•    Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
•    Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
•    Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check

If you file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required form.

To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-906-9887.

If you leave in Reno area you can visit Community Services Agency website http://www.csareno.org  where you can see their schedule.

Call 786-6023 to schedule an appointment for tax preparation.

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