Town's VITA Program Offers Seniors Free Income Tax Return Preparation

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced the town's 2011 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program schedule. Entering its 36th year, the VITA program provides free income tax preparation services for senior residents at locations throughout Hempstead Town during the tax season. VITA volunteer tax preparers have received training sponsored by Hempstead Town's Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service.

"For the past 35 years, the VITA Program has aided senior residents in preparing their federal and state income tax returns and securing the maximum refund which they are entitled to," said Supervisor Murray. "Our dedicated group of VITA volunteers is poised to provide assistance to senior residents during the upcoming tax season."

Participants must bring last year's tax return (2009), all wage and earning statements (W2 and 1099), all interest dividend and pension statements, 2010 property tax receipts, STAR exemption records, New York State IT 214 booklet (if applicable), social security cards and photo identification of all those filing tax returns. Most VITA sites require that an appointment be made in advance.

"The VITA program is a great example of the Town of Hempstead meeting the needs of its citizens. I urge any senior resident who is interested in having his or her tax returns prepared by a VITA volunteer to make an appointment and take advantage of this excellent, free service," concluded Murray.

For a VITA program schedule, senior residents may visit the town's website at www.TOH.LI and follow the "Town Resources" link to "Senior Enrichment" or call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.