Do you download a program online? Perhaps you try your hand with the paper forms. Maybe you’ll just get one of those discs, they’ll help right? If you have the money, maybe a tax specialist could help, but …
If that is a big “but” for you, there is help out there. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sponsored program, has developed the “Money In Your Pocket” program to help.
Free tax preparation is available for Montgomery County residents that earn less than $52,000 per year and the help is right here in Eagleville.
Those that require assistance can call Family Services at 610-326-1610 or dial 2-1-1 and make an appointment.
“They can come here and then are matched with a preparer that is qualified to do their taxes,” said Jane Boughter, administrative assistant of the Pottstown office of Family Services. The Family Services organization has two locations, one in Pottstown at 1976 E. High St., and one in Eagleville at 3125 Ridge Pike. Both are offering the tax program.
The Money In Your Pocket program will run until April 15, the date all tax returns are to be postmarked for mailing. The program, according to Boughter, assists residents with federal, state and local filings.
“We have volunteers trained in an IRS program,” said Boughter. “They are all certified, they have to take a test. They have to be certified.”
Each person must make an appointment, and if filing jointly, must both attend the meeting. Appointments are schedules in Pottstown on Monday and Tuesday evenings starting at 5 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon.
In Eagleville, appointments are only available on Thursday evenings starting at 5:15 p.m.
“There are several things they should bring along,” said Boughter of the appointment-goers.
Visitors should bring:
· photo identification (for all filing)
· birthdates for all on the return (yourself, spouse and all dependents)
· A social security card for all on return
· Any tax identification numbers
· A copy of 2013 tax returns (federal and state)
· Wage and earning statements (W-2, W-2G, 1099, etc.)
· Interest and dividend statements for any banking accounts
· Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit
· Paid daycare bills, the daycare’s EIN
· Form 8332 or a copy of a divorce decree if you are a non-custodial parent claiming a child
· A spouse, if filing jointly (in person, must attend)
The best part about the program is the cost.
“There is no cost for those that qualify,” said Boughter. “Anyone that earns less than $52,000 qualifies.”
To make an appointment for either office, call Family Services at 610-326-1610.