Free Tax Preparation Offers Assistance to County Residents(1)

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Free Tax Preparation Offers Assistance to County Residents

Service Results in Thousands of Dollars in Tax Refunds

LARGO, Md. (Feb. 7, 2019) Receive free tax preparation assistance from Prince George’s Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, now through April 13 at the Largo campus. County residents with basic income tax returns and maximum household income of $55,000 can schedule an appointment by visiting Services are offered by appointment only, Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Center for Advanced Technology. Tax services will include free electronic filing and the opportunity to purchase savings bonds. For additional information, call 301-583-5254.

“Services provided through the VITA program saved seniors and low-income residents nearly $ 150,000 in tax preparation fees,” said Betty Habershon, director of PGCC’s Free Tax Program. “The VITA program trained more than 85 volunteers, who are certified by the Internal Revenue Service as Volunteer Income Tax Preparers. The quality of our tax preparation is supported through extensive training and an established review process.”

Last year, the VITA program prepared more than 2,400 federal and state tax returns, which resulted in more than $1,340,000 in federal and Maryland tax refunds. Residents saved more than $150,000 in tax preparation fees and received free electronic filing of state and federal tax returns and refunds.

Taxpayers receive free electronic filing of state and federal tax returns. Taxpayers making appointments will need to bring social security cards for themselves and any dependents; prior year tax returns, if available; a check for refund direct deposit information; and their W2, Social Security statement, 1099s and all other tax documents.    

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.