Hempstead Town to Offer Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program To Seniors; Schedule Now Available

The Town of Hempstead Department of Senior Enrichment is offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to help senior citizens prepare their income tax returns. Supervisor Kate Murray announced the start of the free program, which is being offered to seniors at various local libraries and senior centers.

“The VITA Program has a long and successful history of helping seniors who require assistance filing their tax returns,” said Murray. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to continue offering this important program for mature taxpayers.”

All VITA tax preparers are resident volunteers who have been trained by the Department of Senior Enrichment in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Seniors who attend one of the tax preparation sessions MUST bring their 2010 tax return, W2 form, 1099 form (for interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions, IRAS and annuities), 2011 general and school tax receipts, STAR exemption records, social security cards and photo identification. Required documents also include itemized expenses (if applicable), such as medical and prescription bills, mortgage interest, contributions and/or insurance premiums. Residents may be asked to complete additional paperwork at their session.

“This free VITA program is a valuable resource for our town’s senior citizens,” said Santino. “Our dedicated group of VITA volunteers helps make preparing a tax return much easier for our seniors.”

 “I would like to thank our group of VITA volunteers for their help in making this program possible,” concluded Murray. “I urge all of our senior residents to take advantage of this free tax program.”

To view a VITA Program schedule, seniors should call the Town of Hempstead Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.