Groups partner to assist low-income families with taxes

Published on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 23:17 - Written by From Staff Reports

People Attempting to Help, partnering with Goodwill Industries of East Texas and the Internal Revenue Service, will assist low-income families with free preparation of their personal income tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

For more than 40 years, the IRS has partnered with nonprofit and community organizations to offer tax preparation services. In 2013, PATH assisted 215 families receive $228,000 in tax refunds.

The VITA program utilizes IRS trained community volunteers to provide this free service to local residents. English and Spanish speaking volunteers are available.

PATH’s tax preparation volunteers available at their location in downtown Tyler at 402 W. Front Street twice a week until April 15: Volunteers are available from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Items needed in order to receive assistance are: a valid photo ID and Social Security card for all household members; Wage and earnings statements (W-2); Interest and Dividend Statements (Forms 1099); Documentation of deductible expenses (medical, business, taxes, home mortgage) and a 2012 return, if available.

Call 903-597-PATH (7284) for more information.