Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino has announced the 2017 schedule for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program. The town’s corps of VITA volunteers is ready to provide senior citizens and residents with limited income with free income tax return filing services. Sponsored by the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service, VITA tax preparers are trained in the latest changes in the tax laws and assigned to local libraries and senior centers throughout the ten-week filing period.
“For more than 40 years, Hempstead’s VITA volunteers have provided an invaluable service to our residents, helping them to obtain the maximum allowable refund,” stated Santino. “Our dedicated VITA volunteers will be assigned to one of the town’s 18 sites, beginning February 6th through April 17th.”
Participants must bring last year’s tax return (2015), 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, 2016 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 is made in advance. Many of the VITA locations are equipped to electronically file tax returns. Please note that VITA tax assistants are volunteers and are not required to prepare complicated returns.
“The Town of Hempstead continues to meet the needs of its citizens through innovative programs like VITA,” said Santino. “I encourage any senior citizen or resident with limited income who is interested in having his or her tax return prepared to take advantage of this excellent, free service.”