Town’s VITA Program Offers Seniors Free Income Tax Return Preparation Service

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has announced the town’s 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program schedule. VITA volunteers provide assistance to seniors and residents with limited incomes in the preparation of their federal and state income tax returns. The VITA program is sponsored by the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service. Volunteers are assigned to twenty-seven locations throughout the town, including town senior centers and local libraries.

“Our VITA Program makes it as easy as pie for seniors to file their tax returns. This is another way in which Hempstead Town is helping meet the needs of our citizens,” said Murray. 

Most VITA sites require that an appointment be made in advance. Participants must bring last year’s tax return (2011), all wage and earning statements (W2 and 1099), all interest dividend and pension statements, 2012 property tax receipts, STAR exemption records, itemized expense records, and social security cards and photo identification of all those filing tax returns.

“We have a dedicated group of VITA volunteers poised to provide competent service to seniors and residents with limited incomes during the upcoming tax season. I hope that any senior resident who is interested in having his or her tax return prepared will come to a local VITA site and take advantage of this excellent, free service,” concluded Murray.

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