No one needs to tell you it’s tax time. But here are a couple of tax resources you might not know about.
Free tax help, nearby: UDC offers free tax preparation services for eligible DC residents through April 30th. This program, called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, is for people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and those taxpayers with limited English-speaking ability. The volunteers are IRS-certified and provide basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing.
The UDC VITA is at the School of Business and Public Administration, Building 38, Room 304. The hours of operation are:
Mondays – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information contact Professor Deborah Robinson-Foster at 202-274-7057.
Fraud prevention: The IRS says incidences of tax-related identity theft are unusually high in DC, so residents are being invited to participate in a pilot program aimed at fighting this type of fraud. Anyone who filed a tax return here last year is eligible to apply for a personal identification number that is used on a tax return in addition to your Social Security number.
According to the IRS: