Town’s VITA Program Offers Seniors Free Income Tax Return Preparation Services

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin have announced the town’s 2015 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program schedule. VITA volunteers provide assistance to seniors and residents with limited incomes in the preparation of their federal and state income tax returns. Volunteers are assigned to twenty-six locations throughout the town, including town senior centers and local libraries.

“The VITA Program makes it easy for seniors and residents with limited incomes to file their tax returns,” said Supervisor Murray. “Our VITA volunteers are dedicated and happy to help. I encourage any senior or economically disadvantaged residents to take advantage of this excellent, free service during the tax season.”

Most VITA sites require that an appointment be made in advance. Seniors and residents with limited incomes who wish to participate in the program must bring last year's tax return (2013), all wage, Social Security and earnings statements (W-2 and 1099, and 1095, if applicable), all interest, dividend, capital gains, IRAs, annuities and pension statements, 2014 property tax receipts, STAR exemption records, social security cards and photo identifications of all those filing tax returns.

“The VITA Program is the best way to make sure you get the maximum return on your taxes this year,” stated Clavin. “By participating, residents can secure every penny of the refunds to which they are entitled.”

For a VITA program schedule and a list of locations, senior residents may call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100 or visit the town’s website at and follow the “Town Resources” link to “Senior Enrichment”.