Hempstead’s VITA Program Offers Free Tax Return Service To Senior Citizens

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino has announced the town’s 2016 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program schedule. Trained VITA volunteers can provide seniors and residents with limited income with free assistance to prepare their federal and state income tax returns. The VITA program is sponsored by the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service.

“Assigned to town senior centers and local libraries, VITA volunteers trained by the town have provided invaluable aid to residents for over 40 years,” said Santino.  “Our competent VITA volunteers stand ready to help citizens obtain the maximum allowable refund this tax season.”

Participants must bring last year’s tax return (2014), all wage, Social Security and earning statements (W-2 and 1099, and 1095, if applicable), all interest, dividend, capital gains, IRAs, annuities and pension statements, 2015 property tax receipts, STAR exemption records, itemized expense records, social security cards and photo identification of all those filing tax returns. Most VITA sites require that an appointment be made in advance. In addition, some VITA locations are equipped to file tax returns electronically.

“I encourage any senior citizen or resident with limited income who is interested in having his or her tax return prepared free of charge to select one of our 17 VITA locations and take advantage of this excellent service,” concluded Santino.

Please visit the town’s website ToH.LI or bit.ly/tohliVITA for the VITA program schedule or call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100 to find a convenient location near you.