Low- and middle-income Hernando County residents can have their federal income tax preparations done free through two organizations at various sites throughout the county:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
The VITA program is part of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program that provides free federal tax preparation assistance to people with a total income of $50,000 or less. The progam is offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, through April 15, at RSVP, 880 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. All returns are electronically filed with the IRS.
Those attending need to bring: Social Security card for everyone claimed on the return and a photo ID for taxpayers, current year's tax package and label, all income documents (W-2s and 1099s), receipts for qualifying expenses, copy of prior year's tax return, proof of account for direct deposit (voided check), and, if this is a joint return, both taxpayers must be present.
To schedule an appointment, call RSVP at (352) 796-8117.
United Way of Hernando County
The United Way also provides VITA sites in Spring Hill at: Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd.; to schedule an appointment, call (352) 200-3086. Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive; to schedule an appointment, call (352) 540-6374.
Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, offers free tax preparation assistance to low- and middle-income Hernando County residents. Special attention is given to those age 60 and older. AARP membership is not required to use this service. Free electronic filing will be available at all sites.
Those wishing to have their tax forms prepared must bring photo ID and Social Security cards (including Social Security cards for all dependents); a copy of last year's tax return; all applicable tax records for 2009 showing income, deductions and credits, and a check with bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of any refund.
All those filing, including those who do not itemize, should bring in details of all real estate taxes paid and documentation of sales tax paid for new car purchases. New homebuyers seeking recently extended homebuyers credit must bring copies of all settlement statements.
The free service will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, Monday through April 15, at these locations. No appointments are scheduled. For information, call toll-free at 1-888-227-7669 or visit www.aarp.org/taxaide.
Mondays: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Grace World Outreach Church (dome church), 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, (the service is offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace World Outreach Church only).
Tuesdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Wednesdays: High Point clubhouse, 12249 Clubhouse Road, High Point.
Thursdays: First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; Spring Hill Enrichment Center (behind Oak Hill Hospital), 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Fridays: Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.