Low- and middle-income residents can have their federal income tax preparations done free through two organizations at various sites throughout the county:
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
With support from the United Way of Hernando County, the VITA program provides free federal tax preparation assistance to people with a total income of $50,000 or less at the following locations:
• Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays, by appointment only. Call (352) 200-3030.
• RSVP/Mid Florida Community Services, 820 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. Offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (352) 796-8117.
• Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (closed March 18-19). Call (352) 540-6375.
The following is 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 1099s; information for all deductions/credits; copy of last year's tax return; proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g. voided check).
Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, offers 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 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, Feb. 1-April 15, 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 (dome 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: The Enrichment Center at Brooksville Regional Hospital, Suite 120, Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville; and First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Fridays: Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge.