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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
Fax: 540-483-8013

STEP to provide tax prep assistance

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

STEP Inc. will provide free 2013 tax preparation assistance to residents of Franklin County.

This program, which provides this service in conjunction with Ferrum College, is available to all individuals and families who earned less than $51,000 total household income in 2013.

Certified volunteer tax assistants will prepare your taxes, making sure that you get the maximum refund available to you, and then electronically file your taxes on your behalf, all free of charge.

Help with basic income tax returns will be offered to Franklin County residents each Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. This service will be offered at STEP's offices at 200 Dent Street in Rocky Mount from Feb. 3 through April 10.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free assistance to residents with low-to-moderate incomes, including persons with disabilities and older taxpayers who file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or basic Form 1040 Federal tax returns.

The volunteer tax assistants will help filers in claiming any special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible. All volunteer tax assistants are IRS certified.

Residents who visit a volunteer tax site should bring the following items:

•A valid picture ID.

•Social Security cards for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.

•Birth dates for taxpayer, spouse and all dependents.

•This year's tax package.

•Wage and earnings statement (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R) from all employers.

•Unemployment compensation, Form 1099-G

•Prior year tax refund.

•Interest statements from banks and dividend statements from stock.

•Miscellaneous income statement.

•Daycare expenses paid and provider's name, address and federal ID number.

•Student loan interest payments.

•Record of tuition or student loan payments (Form 1098-E).

•A copy of last year's federal and state returns.

•A check or deposit slip from bank accounts you want to use for Direct Deposit of your refund.

•If filing electronically and married filing a joint return, both spouses must be present.

•Other relevant information about income and expenses.

This year, STEP will also be offering Assisted Self Tax Preparation for individuals who feel comfortable using a computer and a mouse and have an email account. Staff will be available to help answer tax questions. Contact STEP to see if you qualify for this new program.

Anyone who would like to take advantage of this free service should call for an appointment. For more information, call (540) 483-5142, ext. 3018.

 
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