Free Tax Preparation with VITA

With tax season here, we're pleased to announce that we have once again partnered with Broome County and AARP to offer free preparation services to local residents. Last year, we helped local people receive over $1.7 million dollars in tax returns; we hope to help even more people this year. If you qualify, a New York State certified tax specialist will work with you to complete your return, identify tax credits, and help maximize your refund.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
You may qualify for free tax preparation if: Your household income was $52,000 or less last year
OR if you are over the age of 60.

APPOINTMENT INFORMATION
Appointments are being scheduled for February 3 through April 11.
When you call to make an appointment you will be given options for a site most convenient to you, based on availability. Dates and times will vary by location.

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Call 2-1-1 (or 1-800-901-2180) for more info or to schedule an appointment.
The call center is open weekdays, from 8:30am-4pm. You may also leave a message after hours.

Click here to learn more about the CA$H Coalition and VITA program.

WOULD YOU PREFER TO DO YOUR OWN TAXES?
We're excited to also offer the opportunity to prepare your own taxes online for free! If your household income was $58,000 or less, just visit www.myfreetaxes.com/uwbroome to get started today.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What will I need to bring to my appointment?
- Social security cards for all listed on tax return
- Exact birth dates for all listed
- All yearly wages, income statements, and W2 forms
- Photo ID for you and your spouse is applicable (your spouse must be present at appointment)
- A check copy from your checking account to verify direct deposit information

Where are appointments being offered?
VITA: United Way of Broome County is hosting a site in Vestal, Workforce NY is hosting a site in Binghamton.

AARP: The Broome County Library and several other locations will host tax preparation sites.

How long will it take to get my return?
Returns are electronically filed and refunds are usually available within two weeks.

What is EITC?
EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, is an additional benefit for working people who have low to moderate income. A tax credit means more money in your pocket. It reduces the amount of tax you owe and may also give you a refund.

EITC Qualifications:
You must have earned at least $1.00 but less than:
- $14,340 ($19,680 if married & filing jointly) with no qualifying children
- $37,870 ($43,210 if married & filing jointly) with one qualifying child
- $43,038 ($48,378 if married & filing jointly) with two qualifying children
- $46,227 ($51,567 if married & filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children

For the 2013 tax year, the maximum EITC credit is:
- $657 if you do not have a qualifying child
- $4,388 if you have one qualifying child
- $7,252 if you have two qualifying children
- $8,159 if you have three or more qualifying children

Date: 
Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Thursday until Thu Apr 10 2014 .
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:00pm