Volunteer tax assistance available for St. Lucie County residents
Trained volunteers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be providing free tax preparation assistance at three locations throughout St. Lucie County starting in February.
VITA sites offer free tax filing assistance to residents making less than $60,000 per year. Assistance will be offered at the following locations:
- St. Lucie County’s Family Success Center, 714 Ave. C, Fort Pierce: Feb. 6 through April 12.
- Incubate Neighborhood Center, 532 N. 13thSt., Fort Pierce: Feb. 4 through April 8.
- Indian River State College, Bldg. Y-Rm. 102, 3209 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce: Feb. 16, 23 and March 2, 9, 23. Closed March 16.
All locations are open for walk-ins only. Residents will be helped on a first-come; first-served basis. None of the locations will be taking appointments.
A list of potential paperwork that residents will need to bring to have their federal taxes prepared includes: Proof of identification, Social Security numbers, birth dates of family members, property tax bills, all income documents, including wage and earning statement(s) W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (forms 1099-Div); a copy of last year’s federal and state returns (if available); health care expenses; donation receipts and bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.
Volunteers at all the sites have been trained by the Internal Revenue Service. For more details about this program, visit: www.irs.gov.
For those who make more than $60,000, but less than $73,000 can prepare their own taxes using the “My Free Taxes” at the link www.myfreetaxes.com. Please call 211 for more information.
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