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Thu, March 21

Free tax preparation services available

Catholic Charities of Arizona, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service are offering free tax preparation for federal and state tax returns from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at 434 W. Gurley St. in Prescott through April 18.

Free tax help is available for those who have low to moderate income ($54,000 or less); seniors; the disabled or those who have English as a second language. Local volunteers have been certified through the IRS VITA program to prepare basic tax returns, provide information on credits, deductions and allowable expenses that taxpayers may be eligible for and electronically file both federal and state tax returns at no charge. These sites are not able to provide help with business tax returns or complex individual income tax returns.

Prescott area residents need to bring photo identification for themselves (and their spouses); Social Security Numbers (SSN's) or Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN's) for each person listed on the tax return; all wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2); interest, dividend or miscellaneous income and/or mortgage interest paid statements (Forms 1099 or 1098); if applicable, the Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement; proof of health insurance; amounts paid for day care and the day care provider's identifying number (SSN or EIN); a copy of last year's tax return (if you have it) and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2015. If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

You will need to bring your bank account and routing identification numbers for direct deposit.

For information, contact JoAnn Williams, VITA Manager in Prescott at 928-778-2531.


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