Free Tax Preparation Services Begin January 24

Fairfax County Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102

Free Tax Preparation Services Begin January 24
for Low Income Families in Northern Virginia

 Last year families throughout Northern Virginia received more than $2 million in federal refunds through the free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, locally known as the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign – Creating Assets, Savings and Hope.

At this time of economic downturn and growing need, here is an opportunity for individuals and families who earned less than $42,000 in 2008 to get help filing their tax returns at no cost. Starting January 24, 2009, and running through April 2009, IRS certified volunteers at 16 sites in Northern Virginia will help make sure that low income families receive the maximum tax refund to which they are entitled and help determine if they are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

The Fairfax County Department of Family Services is leading the Northern Virginia effort to mobilize a coalition of public agencies, businesses, libraries, faith and community-based groups to operate the tax assistance program.

“This service is so important because it informs people about the Earned Income Tax Credit and other assistance that may be available to help them afford basic necessities such as rent or food for their children,” said Dai Nguyen, Employment and Training Program manager for the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.

People seeking tax preparation assistance are asked to bring the following items with them:

  • Photo identification.
  • Social security cards and birthdates for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents.
  • Wage and earnings statements: W-2, W-2G, 1099-R.
  • Unemployment compensation form 1099-G
  • Interest and dividend statements.
  • Child care expenses paid in 2008 and the child care provider’s name, address and federal ID number.
  • Student loan interest payments.
  • Record of tuition or student loan payments, 1098-E.
  • Copy of last year’s federal and state returns including economic stimulus check total.
  • Check or deposit slip for direct deposit of refund.

If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must be present.

For more information about the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign, please contact the Falls Church SkillSource Center at 703-533-5400; TTY 703-533-5316 or visit the Web site at

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 Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. To request this information in an alternate format, call the Department of Family Services at 703-533-5400; TTY 703-533-5316

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