MDC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Offers Free Help to Low-Income Residents
Tax preparation services available in English and Spanish beginning February 2012
Miami, December 1, 2011 -
Miami Dade College (MDC) is continuing its long-standing commitment to help low-income, elderly, and non-English speaking residents complete their 2011 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 19th year of providing this tax service to the community MDC administrators believe the program’s success is due to the staff’s attention to quality. “MDC faculty supervises each tax assistance site to make sure tax returns are accurate and properly filed with the Internal Revenue Service,” said Dr. Ana M. Cruz, department chairperson of MDC’s School of Business.
Federal income tax returns must be in the mail and postmarked no later than April 17, 2012.
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 N.W. 7th Ave., Miami 33150
4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Feb. 7 to April 10, 2012
Additional information: Customers must be signed in by 6 p.m. Languages spoken: English and Spanish.
MDC Hialeah Campus
1776 W. 49th St., Hialeah 33012
Room 324 in Building 1800
4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, Feb 7 through April 3, 2012
Additional information: Languages spoken: English and Spanish. A maximum of 25 clients per evenings will be allowed. Customers must be signed in prior to 6 p.m.
MDC Homestead Campus
500 College Ter., Homestead 33030
2 to 5 p.m.; Mondays, Feb. 6 through April 9, 2012
Additional information: Languages spoken: English and Spanish. Service is available by appointment only.
MDC InterAmerican Campus
627 S.W. 27th Ave., Miami 33135
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb 1 through April 4, 2012
Additional information: Customers will only be accepted until 3 p.m. Languages spoken: English and Spanish
MDC Kendall Campus
11011 S.W. 104th St., Miami 33176
Room 6343 (Business office in Room 6319)
2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 7 through April 10, 2012
Additional information: Service is available by appointment only. Languages spoken: English and Spanish
MDC North Campus
11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami 33167
Business Resource Center, Bldg. 2, Second floor, Room 2201
4 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 7 through April 10, 2012
Additional information: Languages spoken: English and Spanish. Customers must be signed in by 6 p.m.
MDC Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. 2nd Ave., downtown Miami 33132
ETCOTA Center, Bldg. 7, Room 7109,
9 a.m. to noon; Saturdays, Feb. 4 to March 31, 2012
Additional information: Languages spoken: English and Spanish. The center will be accepting customers until 11:30 a.m. and will serve a maximum of 30 customers per Saturday, whichever comes first.
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