Feb 042013

Does tax law puzzle you? Do you know which credits and deductions you can still take?
Free tax help is available in Navajo County for families with income less than $51,000 through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, sponsored by United Way of Northern Arizona and Northland Pioneer College.
VITA offers free assistance to those with low-to-moderate incomes who file basic tax returns. Assistors also aid community members in claiming any special credits and deductions, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, for which they are eligible. Volunteer tax preparers must complete an Internal Revenue Service training and certification course in basic income tax preparation before they can assist clients.
Community members seeking tax preparation assistance should bring a photo ID, original Social Security or ITIN cards for all household members, wage and earnings statements (Form W-2) for all employers, other income statements (all 1099 forms, including interest statements from banks), a copy of last year’s tax return, if available, and other relevant information about income and expenses, especially for child care.
To qualify for VITA, family income must be less than $51,000. Bring your tax forms and support information to one of these NPC locations providing VITA support:
* Holbrook-Painted Desert Campus, 2251 Navajo Blvd., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 11, March 11 and April 1, and Fridays, Feb. 1, March 1 and April 12.
* Snowflake/Taylor-Silver Creek Campus, 1611 S. Main St., 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 27 and March 13; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, March 16 and April 13.
* Winslow-Little Colorado Campus, 1400 E. Third St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 6, March 30 and April 10, Thursday, Feb. 28, and Fridays, Feb. 15 and March 15.
Updated VITA tax preparation dates are posted online at www.npc.edu/events.