FREE tax prep services available in Avondale

Tax time is here again and if the thought of having to prepare your own taxes or coming up with the funds to hire someone is daunting, then you’re in luck. The City of Avondale’s Neighborhood and Family Services Department, together with Valley of the Sun United Way offers free tax prep services available in Avondale. The no cost tax preparation services will benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income. Services will be offered to the community every Tuesday and Saturday at the Care1st Avondale Resource and Housing Center until April.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, known as VITA, offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $54,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns. VITA sites not only offer free tax preparation, they also help taxpayers apply for benefits they may not be aware of such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC.

Tax preparation assistance is available at Care1st Avondale Resource Center located at 328 W Western Ave., Avondale on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1p.m. until April 16. No appointment necessary. Walk-ins are welcomed.

VITA site visitors should bring the following items with them:

•Social Security cards or IRS ITIN card or ITIN letter for all household members

•Picture ID for taxpayer (and spouse)

•Birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return

•Proof of all income, including W-2 and 1099 forms

•Name, address, and tax ID# of childcare provider

•Amount of money paid to childcare provider last year

•Account and routing numbers for direct deposit

•Copy of last year’s tax return, if available

•All Forms 1095, Health Insurance Statements

•Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received

•Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements

Contact the Care1st Avondale Resource Center for further detail at 623-333-2703. For more information about local community events in Avondale and the West Valley please contact Lisa Bray today.

Lisa Bray

RE/MAX Professionals


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