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MDC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Offers Free Help to Low-Income Residents

Tax preparation services available Jan. 27 through April 7

Miami, January 21, 2011 - Miami Dade College (MDC) is continuing its long-standing commitment to help low-income, elderly, and non-English-speaking residents complete their 2010 taxes with the “always free” Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

The VITA program is administered and staffed by faculty and MDC business students who volunteer their time to help the public in preparing their tax forms. 

Students are trained beforehand and must pass an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) exam of basic rules, regulations, and tax preparation skills before they assist taxpayers. Divided into three groups, their functions are administrative, tax return preparation, and quality review. 

The VITA program was started decades ago by the IRS in an attempt to help those who need specialized attention in preparing their tax forms. All MDC VITA sites have the ability to file electronically. 

Now in its 17th year of providing free tax assistance to the community, MDC’s business department chairperson Dr. Ana M. Cruz says the program “has been very successful over the years because of our attention to quality.” She added, “MDC faculty supervises each tax assistance site to make sure tax returns are accurate and properly filed with the Internal Revenue Service.” 

Federal income tax returns must be in the mail and postmarked no later than April 18, 2011 (April 15 is a holiday in the District of Columbia). 

Individuals interested in having their taxes done through the MDC VITA program must bring the following documents to the center with them: 

•           Social security card and the social security cards of any dependents to be claimed

•           Picture I.D.

•           W-2 earnings statement

•           1099 MISC (for self-employed individuals only)

•           1099 INT (interest income)

•           Any documents pertaining to expenses to be claimed (receipts, etc.) 

Below is a list of this year’s IRS/MDC VITA tax service locations, their schedules and contact info:

Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center (EEC), 6300 NW 7th Ave., Room 1209, Miami, FL 33150
4-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 1, 2011 to April 5, 2011
Contact: Julio Borges, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-1199
Languages spoken: English; Creole available upon request. Customers must be signed in by 6:00 p.m.

Hialeah Campus,
1776 W. 49th St., Room 324 (Building 1800), Hialeah, FL 33012
4-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 1, through April 5, 2011
Contact: Geoffrey Danzig, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-1519
Languages spoken: English and Spanish. A maximum of 25 clients per evenings and must be signed in prior to 6:00 p.m. 

Homestead Campus, 500 College Terrace, Room D307, Homestead, FL 33030
By appointment only, Jan. 27 through April 7, 2011
Contact: José Luis Hortensi, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-5143
Languages spoken: English and Spanish. By appointment only. 

InterAmerican Campus, 627 SW 27th Ave., Room 3207, Miami, FL 33135
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 1 through April 5, 2011
Contact: Elisa Fernandez, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-6484
Customers will only be accepted until 3:00 p.m. 

Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St., Room 6343/Business Office in Room 6319, Miami, FL 33176        
2-5 p.m., Feb. 8 through April 7, 2011          
Contact: (Laura) Hoa N. Burrows, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-2283   
By appointment only. Last appointment is at 4 p.m.  

North Campus, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Computer Courtyard, Bldg. 2, Rm. 2201, 2nd Flr, Miami, FL 33167
4-7 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 1 through April 5, 2011 
Contact: Julio Borges, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-1199
Languages spoken: English and Spanis; Creole available upon request. Customers must be signed in by 6:00 p.m.

Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2nd Ave., ETCOTA Center, Room 7109, Miami, FL 33132
1-4 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 1 through April 5, 2011 (closed March 1, 2011)
Contact: Christine Balmori, VITA Coordinator at 305-237-3151
Languages spoken: English and Spanish. The center will be accepting customers until 3:30 p.m. and will serve a maximum of 25 customers per Tuesday, whichever comes first.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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