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Free Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing

NEW HANOVER CTY - A local volunteer group, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), will soon begin preparing and electronically filing Federal and NC state income taxes for 2013.  
All services are free of charge.  Tax returns for previous years and amended returns will be done starting in March. Trained and IRS certified volunteers will answer your questions and prepare your personal tax returns then electronically file them.
The service is the IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).  This is a free nationwide service that provides high quality income tax assistance and free federal and state tax preparation, including electronic filing.
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.
IRS certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities, with special attention to those 60 and older.
Volunteers are certified to prepare most common personal income taxes.  They are not permitted to prepare business returns for businesses with more than $5,000 in expenses or a loss, complicated investment reporting, rental property with depreciation, and certain other complicated tax matters.
Taxpayers need to bring the following items:
1. Picture ID, address and local phone number.
2. Social Security cards and date of birth for self, spouse and all dependents.
3. Wage statements (W-2s and 1099s) from all employers for the year.
4. Retirement, Social Security, and/or Railroad Retirement statements.
5. Interest, dividend, and final brokerage statements.
6. Medical expenses and real estate property taxes paid in 2013. (For those who itemize).
7. Charitable contributions.
8. Your 2012 tax return.
9. Any other tax document related to 2013.
The times, dates, and locations of the services are below.  Unless noted, no appointments are necessary; the services are first-come, first-served.  
New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Road – Begin Monday, February 3 and ends Tuesday, April 15.  Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Tuesday and Thursday hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
To reduce waiting time for all days, sign ups for blocks of time begins at 8:00 am. You can then leave and return at the assigned block of time.  For information, call 910-798-6406
Town of Carolina Beach Recreation Center, located at 1121B North Lake Park Blvd. This is behind the Town Administration Bldg. Preparation will begin Monday, February 3. The hours are Monday, 12:00-4:00 pm, Tuesday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Wednesday, 12:00-4:00 pm, Thursday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and Saturday, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Source: New Hanover County.