Free tax preparation with the United Way's VITA program - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Free tax preparation with the United Way's VITA program

Free tax preparation with the United Way's VITA program

The deadline to file your 2016 taxes is drawing near, Tuesday April 18th is this year's due date. If you still haven't done yours, there is free help available so you can cross that chore off your list.

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites offer free tax preparation for most people who earn less than $54,000 a year, are disabled, elderly, or those with limited English skills.

Every year millions of dollars in earned income credits go unclaimed. The VITA program utilizes IRS certified volunteers at several sites throughout Southwest Louisiana to prepare your taxes at no cost. Using IRS e-file and your bank’s direct deposit, your refunds can be in your pocket in as little as 7-10 business days.

VITA SITES 
LAKE CHARLES

Carnegie Memorial Library 
411 Pujo Street 
Lake Charles, LA 70601 
337-532-8093 - Appointment Only

Calcasieu Parish Police Jury 
Allen P. August Multipurpose Center 
2001 Moeling Street 
Lake Charles, LA 70601 
337-721-4020 - Appointment Only

McNeese State University 
Burton Business Center Rm. 302 
450 Lawton Dr. (McNeese Campus) 
Lake Charles, LA 70605 
337-433-1088 - Walk In Site

Foreman-Reynaud Community Center 
215 Albert St. 
Lake Charles, LA 70601 
337-526-3136 - Appointment Only

Martin Luther King, Jr. Center 
2009 N. Simmons Street 
Lake Charles, LA 70601 
337-491-1497 - Appointment Only

SULPHUR

Sulphur Regional Library 
1160 Cypress Street 
Sulphur, LA 70663 
337-721-7141

VINTON

Fontenot Memorial Library 
1402 Center Street 
Vinton, LA 70668 
337-721-7095 - Walk In Site

JENNINGS

ASSIST Agency 
107 E. Nezpique 
Jennings, LA 70546 
337-824-7800 - Appointment only

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?

Photo ID (both spouses, if joint return)

Social Security Card or ITN for each person to be claimed Income Statements

W2 or 1099 form for all jobs and income

End of the year retirement plan statements (401K, IRS, etc.)

Child care provider name, address and tax ID number

Record of expenses (child care, education, medical, dental, etc.)

For direct deposit, a blank check with an account and routing number

Homeowners: Hazard Insurance Declaration page for LA Citizens Credit

Last year's tax return, if you have It.

Receipts for charitable donations, business expenses, etc.

EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit for working people with low to moderate income. It allows working individuals and families to receive a tax credit of up to $6,200.

In addition to VITA, United Way of Southwest Louisiana has partnered with MyFreeTaxes.com. If you make less than $62,000 annually, simply gather your documents, and click here.

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