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Free Tax Preparation to County Residents

Article by: Jennifer Colter

Service Results in Thousands of Dollars in Tax Refunds

Receive free tax preparation assistance from Prince George’s Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, now through April 12 at the Largo campus. County residents with basic income tax returns and maximum household income of $52,000 can schedule an appointment by visiting www.pgcc.edu/go/vita . 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.

“Services provided through the VITA program saved seniors and low-income residents nearly $ 125,000 in tax preparation fees,” said Betty Habershon, director of PGCC’s Community Financial Center. “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 2,000 federal and state tax returns, which resulted in more than $1,300,000 in federal and Maryland tax refunds. Residents saved more than $125,000 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, and refunds are issued within 7-10 days with direct deposit. 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.    

For additional information, call 301-583-5254. 

 

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