[tabi] Fwd: VITA - Free tax preparation by IRS-trained volunteer tax preparers are now open!

  • From: Lighthouse of the Big Bend <lighthousebigbend@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2012 13:16:13 -0500

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VITA Sites Are Now Open!

VITA sites are located all around the Big Bend. Our volunteer tax preparers
will prepare your basic, current year tax return free of charge.

VITA - Frequently Asked Questions

Q:    What will you do for me at a VITA site?

A:    When you visit a VITA site, you will receive:

.    Free tax preparation by IRS-trained volunteer tax preparers with no
fees or hidden charges. That means that if you use this service, you are
able to keep every penny of your refund -- as opposed to those who pay
predatory lending fees to have their taxes done at organizations offering
instant refunds or refund anticipation loans.

.    Electronic-filing, so that refunds can be received in ten business days
or fewer from the day you file.

Q.    Who are the volunteers?  Can I trust them?

A:    All of the volunteer tax preparers have been trained and certified by
the Internal Revenue Service.

Q:    What if I have my own business?

A:    Unless your tax requirements are very simple, as in a sole
proprietorship, our service is probably not the best resource for you.

Q:    Can you do my 2008 and 2009 returns, too?

A:    We can only do current year (2010) returns at our VITA sites.  Our
partner, Legal Services of North Florida, can help you with prior year
returns.  Visit them at www.taxserve.org or call their hotline at (850)

Q:    Where are the tax preparation sites and when are they open?

A:    VITA sites are open from January 22 to April 15.  For a list of
locations and their hours of operation, click here.

Q:    What do I need to bring?

A:    To have your taxes prepared at a VITA site, you should bring:

.    Photo identification

.    Proof of a valid social security number for yourself and any dependants

.    All wage and earning statements, including W-2, 1099 and other such

.    Official documents proving qualified deductions (child care credits,
higher education credits, etc)

.    Interest and dividend statements - if applicable

.    Total amount paid for daycare, provider's name and tax ID number - if

.    Bank routing and account numbers to have your refund deposited

.    Your spouse - if married and filing a joint return

Q:      What does EITC stand for?

A:     Earned Income Tax Credit

Q:    What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?

A:    Earned Income Tax Credit is an amount that has been set aside by the
Federal Government and is designed to aid lower-to-moderate income workers.
It is a refundable credit that can potentially be larger than the amount of
taxes withheld from a qualifying worker's paycheck.  For more information on
the EITC, click here.

Q:    How do I claim the EITC?

A:    You must file a tax return to claim the EITC.

Q:    Will the EITC impact my public benefits?

A:    You can get this tax credit and not lose other public benefits.  The
EITC does not count as income in determining eligibility for benefits like
cash assistance, Medicaid, food stamps, SSI, public housing or child care
assistance.  Some benefit programs may have a limit on how long you can keep
your refund in a bank account.



Capital City Christian Church * (opens February 2)

6115 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee

Tuesday & Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida

1380 Blountstown Highway, Tallahassee

Wednesdays: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Fridays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

**By appointment only**

To schedule, call 850-222-2180 and ask for Tahissh, Jack, or Nancy.

First Florida Credit Union - Northside Branch

1661 Raymond Diehl Road, Tallahassee

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00am - 2:00pm

Please call Kyndra for an appointment: (850) 345-7389

First Presbyterian Church * (opens February 2)

110 N Adams Street, Tallahassee

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

SELECT Saturdays: 11:00am - 3:00pm (Feb. 18, 25; March 17, 24; April 7, 14)
** Parking available in the Main Library parking lot on Call Street**

Florida State University

Center for Global Engagement

110 S. Woodward Avenue, Tallahassee

Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Saturday: 9:30am - 2:30pm

Site closed on 1/26, 1/28, 3/3, 3/8, 3/10, 4/5, & 4/12

Godby High School Academy of Finance (opens February 2)

1717 West Tharpe Street, Tallahassee

Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Site Closed: March 20 & 22, April 17

LeRoy Collins Public Library * (opens February 1)

200 W Park Avenue, Tallahassee

Monday - Saturday: 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Parkway Family YMCA

2001 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee

Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Smith-Williams Service Center

2295 Pasco Street, Tallahassee

Monday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 2:30pm

Tallahassee City Hall

300 South Adams Street, Tallahassee

Monday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Tallahassee Mall (opens February 4)

2415 N Monroe St, Tallahassee

Saturdays in February: 10:00am - 4:00pm

**In the Training Center off of the Food Court.**

Tallahassee Senior Citizens Center * (opens February 1)

1400 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 1:30 - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 1:30pm - 7:30pm

Please call (850) 891-4030 to schedule an appointment


Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce (opens February 4)

208 North Adams Street, Quincy

Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm


Rev. R. J. Bailar Public Library (opens February 7)

375 South Water Street, Monticello

Select Tuesdays: 5:00pm - 7:00pm (Feb. 7 & 21; March 6 & 20; April 3, & 10)

Select Wednesdays: 10:00am-12:00pm & 3:00pm-5:00pm (Feb. 8, 22, & 29; March
7 & 14; April 4 & 11)

Select Thurdays: 5:00pm-7:00pm (Feb. 9 & 23; March 8 & 22; April 12)

Monday, April 16th 10:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-5:00pm

Tursday, April 17th 10:00am-12:00pm; 3:00pm-5:00pm


Madison Senior Citizen Council (opens February 4)

1161 S.W. Harvey Greene Drive, Madison, FL

Every other Saturday: Feb. 4, 18; March 3, 17, 31; April 14

9:30am - 2:00pm


Wakulla County Library * (opens February 2)

4330 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville

Thursday 9:30am - 1:30pm

Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Wakulla Senior Center * (opens February 1)

33 Michael Drive, Crawfordville

Wednesday 9:30am - 2:00pm

Lighthouse of the Big Bend
Guiding People Through Vision Loss
3071 Highland Oaks Terrace
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 942-3658
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