Monday, February 21, 2011
Money Monday: Tax Help
Free is a four letter word we all like to hear especially if it's coming from the IRS. In tonight's Money Monday, Lynn Martinez is telling us how the IRS is offering to do some taxpayer returns for free.
WSVN -- Donna Roberts figures she won't have to worry about mistakes if the IRS does her return because she makes less than $49,000 a year.
Donna is eligible for the volunteer income tax assistance program also known as Vita.
Michael Dobzinski: "It's basically designed to help low income working families or individuals whose incomes are $49,000 or less."
Vita is a big help for this retiree living on a fixed income.
Donna Roberts: "I've been going to H&R and that can add up on dollars so when you're living on income that's not all that much you're not working any more it helps a lot."
If you want help with your return, and you qualify you should bring:
Proof of identification, a copy of last year's tax return and your individual taxpayer identification number and all pertinent documents.
There are about 100 Vita sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties alone. It's one of the most successful programs provided by the IRS.
Donna Roberts: "We celebrated our 40th anniversary last year in the volunteer program and each year it's grown it's a service that we think we need to provide to taxpayers who can't afford professional tax help."
Lynn Martinez: "Don't forget, this year's tax deadline is April 18th.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
VITA PROGRAM INFO
FLORIDA VITA SITES