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Free tax service still available in Louisville

For low- and moderate- income residents

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 17, 2016) — Free tax preparation help is still available in Louisville for low- and moderate- income residents—households that earn less than $55,000 a year—from Louisville Asset Building Coalition (LABC) and AARP.

screen_shot_2016-03-17_at_2.42.55_pmSites are located at:

  • Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Dr.
  • Bates Community Development Center, 1228 S. Jackson St.
  • Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway St.
  • Portland Promise Center, 1831 Baird St.
  • Salt & Light Community Development Center, 3025 B Gerald Dr.
  • Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Ln.
  • Wesley House Community Services, 5114 Preston Hwy.

For a complete list of VITA locations, hours of operation and contact information, visit http://labcservices.org/ or call Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 help referral service. The website also contains eligibility information for Louisvillians who may be interested in filing their own taxes online at no cost.

AARP Tax Aid volunteers also offer free tax preparation services for low and moderate income taxpayers. Sites are located at:

  • Altenheim, 936 Barret Ave.
  • Buechel Park Baptist Church, 2403 Hikes Lane
  • Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop
  • Clifton Christian Church, 131 Vernon Ave.
  • East Government Center, 200 Juneau Dr.
  • Iroquois Branch Library, 601 W Woodlawn Ave.
  • Jeffersontown Senior Center, 10631 Watterson Trail
  • Lyndon Baptist Church, 8025 New LaGrange Rd.
  • Portland Branch Library, 3305 Northwestern Pkwy.
  • Shively Municipal Building, 3920 Dixie Hwy.
  • Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Hwy.

For a full AARP listing, including mobile sites, visit http://www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org or call 502/394-3443.

Volunteers at LABC’s VITA and AARP sites will help determine if residents are eligible for the EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit), a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working individuals and families. Eligibility for the EITC is based on your income, size of family and other criteria, as is the amount of your credit. Working families who earn up to approximately $53,000 may be eligible, with average credits last year more than $2,400.

“The savings in tax preparation services combined with refunds received obviously helped a lot of people in a lot of different ways,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This is money they can use to start a savings account, buy a car, get braces for a child, pay for books and college tuition—or start a college tuition fund for their children. It’s huge for that family and huge for our community.”

To help preparers accurately determine EITC eligibility and prepare returns, individuals should bring:

  • Picture ID and Social Security cards for everyone listed on the return
  • Copy of 2014 tax return with all attachments and schedules
  •  W-2s and 1099s from your employers
  • Other 1099s for interest, dividends, state tax refund or other income
  • 1095 for health insurance
  • 1098 for education credit plus detailed financial statement from the school
  • Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit
  • Child care information, including Provider ID and actual amounts paid
  • Summarized list of other income/expenses for those who itemize or are self-employed
  • Additional tax information that may be required

Visit http://labcservices.org/ or http://www.aarp-tax-aide-lou.org for more information about the required documentation.

While the regular tax return filing deadline is April 15, this year’s Tax Day falls on April 18 due to the Washington, D.C., Emancipation Day holiday being observed on April 15.

There is no IRS deadline for overdue previous year tax returns, but in order to claim a tax refund for a certain year, you must file a tax return for that year within three years of the original due date. If you wait longer than three years, any tax refund is forfeit.  On the other hand, past due taxes do not disappear.