Tax assistance

East Hampton - posted Jan, 18 2013

EAST HAMPTON- The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help for taxpayers with low- to moderate-income with special attention to those age 60 and older. Certified volunteers receive training sponsored by AARP and the IRS, and will be at the East Hampton Senior Center again this year to help prepare basic Federal and State tax returns. In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, the program also offers free electronic filing (e-filing). Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program will receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper – even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into one's bank account. Sign-up sheets will be available in January for appointments in Feb. 2 and 16, March 1 and 22, and April 5. You must bring the following items with you in order to have your tax return prepared: Proof of identification, social security cards for you, and your spouse and dependents; birth dates for you and spouse and dependents on the tax return, a copy of last year’s federal and state returns with back up materials; Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers; SSA-1099 form if you were paid Social Security benefits; Other 1099 forms (1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-B, etc); All other income and expense statements; Documentation showing date and original purchase price of sold assets; Documentation if you are itemizing deductions; Bank routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit. To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms. Call the East Hampton Senior Center for your appointment at 860-267-4426.

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