Free Income Tax Assistance for Households Earning Less Than $50,000
Contact for More Details:
Fairfax Job Center at 703-324-7280, TTY 711
Contact for News Media:
Amy Carlini, Communications Director
Department of Family Services
703-324-7758, TTY 703-222-9452
January 4, 2012
This year's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program launches Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 21 sites throughout Northern Virginia. Locally known as the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign – Creating Assets, Savings and Hope – the program offers free tax preparation services to working families and individuals who earned less than $50,000 in 2011.
Last year's VITA program in Northern Virginia resulted in federal tax refunds of over $8.1 million for low-income families and individuals. A local coalition of public agencies, businesses, libraries, faith and community-based groups operates the program, which is coordinated by Fairfax County's Department of Family Services.
Starting Jan. 18 and running through Apr. 17, IRS-certified volunteers will help low-income families and individuals receive the maximum tax refund to which they are entitled and determine if they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
"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 and food," said Dai Nguyen, Employment and Training Program manager for the Fairfax County Department of Family Services.
People seeking tax preparation assistance should bring the following:
- Photo ID for tax-payer (and spouse if filing jointly).
- Social Security cards or ITIN letters and birth dates for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents
- Wage and earnings statements: W-2, W-2G, and all Form 1099's received.
- Unemployment compensation, Form 1099G.
- 1099s for any self-employment income/loss, such as for earnings from contract labor and small business.
- Interest and dividend statements.
- Child care expenses paid in 2011 and the child care provider’s name, address and federal ID number.
- Student loan interest payments.
- Record of tuition, purchase of books and/or student loan payments, 1098-E.
- A copy of last year’s federal and state returns (if available).
- A check or deposit-slip if you want direct deposit.
- Record of any Sales Tax paid on new vehicles purchased in 2011.
- Record of any Real Estate Taxes and Mortgage Interest Payments made in 2011.
- Record of any Economic Recovery Payment received from SSA, RRB or Veterans Administration
For more information about the Northern Virginia CASH Campaign, please visit VITA page or contact the Fairfax job center at 703-324-7280; TTY 711.
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 703-324-7758; TTY 703-222-9452.