With less than three weeks remaining before the April 15 tax deadline, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program encourages any eligible filers who have not yet filed their returns to visit a VITA site now and get ahead of the long lines that form in April.
Taxpayers who expect to owe taxes or who are unsure can visit a VITA site, have their tax return prepared, and still have time to plan for their IRS payment by April 15, 2014 if they owe.
Tax filers who need personalized guidance on saving or budgeting for income taxes owed to the IRS can call and make a free appointment with a professional financial counselor at one of San Antonio’s two new Financial Empowerment Centers located at The Neighborhood Place, 3014 Rivas St. (210-431-4425) and the Claude Black Community Center, 2805 E. Commerce St. (210-352-7087).
VITA sites are open across the city through April 15, 2014. Individuals and households who earned up to $60,000 in total income last year are eligible for free income tax preparation and electronic filing. VITA sites are also helping tax filers with prior year returns and can help file amendments regardless where they were initially prepared. Basic federal income tax returns are prepared by trained, IRS-certified VITA volunteers. Tax filers can also quickly and easily prepare their tax return for free by visiting myfreetaxes.com/vitasanantonio-com.
The VITA program is sponsored by a city-wide coalition of non-profit organizations and businesses led by the City of San Antonio, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and Catholic Charities of San Antonio, Inc.
When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, all filers must bring the following with them:
· Valid photo identification
· Social Security Card(s) or Individual Tax Identification Number(s) for all family members
· All W-2 Forms
· Copy of prior year tax return (if applicable)
· 1099 Forms (if applicable)
· If filing jointly, spouse must be present to review/sign completed return
For more information or to find a VITA site nearest you, tax filers can visit www.vitasa.org or call the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1.