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Avondale Offers Free Tax Assistance

The City of Avondale's Neighborhood and Family Services Department, together with the non-profit A New Leaf, offers no cost tax preparation services to assist individuals and families with low to moderate income.

Services will be offered to the community every Tuesday and Saturday beginning January 22 at the Care1st Avondale Resource Center, until Saturday, April 13, 2019.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, known as VITA, offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $55,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns. VITA sites not only offer free tax preparation, they also help taxpayers apply for benefits they may not be aware of such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.

Tax Preparation assistance is available at Care1st Avondale Resource Center (328 W. Western Avenue, Avondale) on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1p.m. until April 13. No appointment necessary. Walk-in's are welcomed.

VITA site visitors should bring the following items with them:

•Social Security cards or IRS ITIN card or ITIN letter for all household members
•Picture ID for taxpayer (and spouse)
•Birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return
•Proof of all income, including W-2 and 1099 forms
•Name, address, and tax ID# of childcare provider
•Amount of money paid to childcare provider last year
•Account and routing numbers for direct deposit
•Copy of last year's tax return, if available
Due to the Health Insurance requirements, also include:
•All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements
•Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
•Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

To electronically file joint returns and get the fastest refunds, both spouses must be present.

Contact the Care1st Avondale Resource Center for further detail at 623-333-2703.

Submitted: 01/03/19
Article By: City of Avondale