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

Tax preparation services available in English and Spanish beginning February 2013
Tax Assistance

Miami, November 8, 2012 -

Miami Dade College (MDC) is continuing its long-standing commitment to help low-income, elderly, and non-English speaking residents complete their 2012 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.

“MDC’s VITA Program was started 19 years ago as a component of the income tax course to provide a practical learning experience to our students and help those people in need from our community by offering a free service,” stated Dr. Ana M. Cruz, chair of the School of Business at Wolfson Campus.  “All MDC VITA sites have the ability to file electronically.”

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 7 Ave., Miami 33150

Room 1209-A

4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, February 5 to April 9, 2013

305-237-1199

Additional information: Customers must be signed in by 6 p.m. Languages spoken: English and Creole.

 

MDC Hialeah Campus

1776 W. 49 St., Hialeah 33012

Room 324 in Building 1800

4 to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, February 5 to April 9, 2013

305-237-8620

Additional information: A maximum of 25 clients per evenings will be allowed. Customers must be signed in prior to 6 p.m. Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

 

MDC Homestead Campus

500 College Terrace, Homestead 33030

Room D-307

5 to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays, February 6 to April 10, 2013

305-237-5143

Additional information: Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

 

MDC InterAmerican Campus

627 SW 27 Ave., Miami 33135

Room 3207

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb 6 through April 10, 2013

305-237-6484

Additional information: Customers will only be accepted until 3 p.m.  Languages spoken: English and Spanish

 

MDC Kendall Campus

11011 SW 104 St., Miami 33176

Room 6343  

2 to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 7 through April 11, 2013

305-237-2375

Additional information: Customers will only be accepted until 3:30 p.m. and will serve a maximum of 12 customers each Tuesday and Thursday. Languages spoken: English and Spanish

 

MDC North Campus

11380 NW 27 Ave., Miami 33167

Business Resource Center, Bldg. 2, Second floor, Room 2201

4 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 5 through April 9, 2013

305-237-1199

Additional information: Customers must be signed in by 6 p.m. Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

 

MDC Wolfson Campus

300 NE 2nd Ave., downtown Miami 33132

Bldg. 7, Room 7109

9 a.m. to noon; Saturdays, Feb. 2 to April 13, 2013

305-237-3151

Additional information: The center will be accepting customers until 11 a.m. and will serve a maximum of 30 customers per Saturday, whichever comes first. Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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