Media Contact: Eunicia Baker, MPA - Senior Public Information Officer
City of North Miami
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ebaker@northmiamifl.gov

MILLIONS COULD OVERLOOK VALUABLE TAX CREDIT; LEARN MORE AT NORTH MIAMI'S FREE TAX ASSISTANCE SITES

North Miami, FL – 1/31/2013

Free Tax Assistance Programs in North Miami Open the Week of February 5th

Individuals that work and earn less than $50,270 from wages or self-employment may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and can also receive free help preparing their tax return. 

Although an estimated four out of five eligible workers and families get the credit, one in five still miss EITC, either because they don’t claim the credit or do not file a tax return. This is money that can make a difference. Last year, the credit returned close to $62 billion dollars to over 27 million workers. Workers who qualify for EITC could receive larger refunds. It can total up to $475 in EITC for people without children, and up to $5,891 for those with three or more qualifying children. EITC varies by income, family size and filing status. The average EITC amount last year was $2,200.

With the exception of some disability income, individuals must work to qualify for EITC. EITC is a valuable but complex tax break for working families, but free help is available from IRS-certified volunteers at two sites in North Miami:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site
Sunkist Grove Community Center - 12500 NW 13 Avenue
North Miami,Florida
Open every Tuesday and Thursday, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
From Tuesday, February 5 – Thursday, April 11, 2013
Call Maurice LaGuerre at 305-685-5461, Monday – Friday, 12 – 8 p.m., to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Join us at our Open House on Tuesday, February 5th at 6 p.m. to meet the volunteers and IRS staff, receive information on important tax credits and make your appointment to have your taxes prepared.

AARP Tax Aide Program Site

North Miami Public Library - 835 NE 132
Open every Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

From February 6 – April 10, 2013

Call 305-335-8215. No appointments available. Assistance is available first-come, first-serve.

 

The following documents must be brought to the site in order to have your tax preparation done:

  • A valid driver's license or other photo id card
  • Social security cards, a Social Security number (SSN) verification letter or the Individual Taxpayer Identifying Number (ITIN) for all persons listed on the return
  • Birth dates for all persons listed on return
  • All income statements: Forms W-2 and 1099, Social Security, unemployment, and other statements, such as pensions, stocks, interest and any documents showing taxes withheld
  • All records of expenses, such as tuition, mortgage interest, or real estate taxes
  • Copies of last year's state and federal tax returns, if available
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers to direct deposit any refund
  • Dependent child care information: name and address of who you paid and either the caretaker's SSN or other tax identification number
  • Both spouses to sign forms to e-file (electronically file) a joint tax return

Other services available at the VITA site, include assistance with the Free Application for Student Aide (FAFSA) for college bound students, taxpayers can purchase U.S. Savings Bonds with their federal tax refund, or can choose to direct deposit the refund into bank accounts.  Volunteers can assist tax payers that owe on their tax returns are also able to choose a variety of payment options, including check or money order, credit card payments, and installment agreements.

Learn more about the tax preparation services at both the VITA and AARP site, as well as important tax credits, including EITC, at our Open House event at Sunkist Grove Community Center on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6 p.m.

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