Where to get tax help
Low- and middle-income residents can have their federal income tax preparations done free through two organizations at various sites throughout Hernando County:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
With support from the United Way of Hernando County, the VITA program provides free federal tax preparation assistance through April 11 at the following locations:
• Mid-Florida Community Services, 820 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays. No appointment required.
• Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. Call (352) 200-3030.
• Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. No appointment required. Closed March 29 for Good Friday.
• East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Located in the mobile bus 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 and 16, March 2 and April 6. No appointment necessary.
The service is available to those with low to moderate income (generally $51,000 or less) and no rental property or farm income.
The following items are needed at the appointment: Social Security or Individual Taxpayer ID cards for everyone claimed on the return; photo ID for taxpayers; all income forms, W-2 and 1099 forms; information for all deductions/credits; copy of last year's tax return; proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g. a voided check).
Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, offer free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income residents. AARP membership is not required to use this service, and all ages are welcome. Free electronic filing will be available at all sites.
Those wishing to have their tax forms prepared must bring: the current year's tax package and/or label; a copy of last year's tax return; proof of account for direct deposit or refund (e.g. a voided check); Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer ID cards (for filer, spouse and/or dependents); proof of identification for self and/or spouse; birth dates for self, spouse and dependents on the tax return; wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); total paid for day care provider and the day care provider's tax identification number (provider's Social Security number or employer identification number), and, to file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
The free service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays through April 12, at these locations. No appointments are scheduled; early arrival is recommended as full capacity typically is reached by 11 a.m. Further information is available online at aarp.org/taxaide.
Mondays: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Tuesdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Wednesdays: High Point Clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point.
Thursdays: Oak Hill Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill (building behind the hospital); First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Fridays: Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.