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For the past several years the Board of Directors of the Golden Triangle Minority Business Council have believed in "Community Outreach" in an effort to reinforce the Council's mission, i.e., "to develop, educate and train" the historically underserved residents in Southeast Texas.    To alert individuals and families about opportunities and self-sufficiency, the Council in collaboration with the Internal Revenue Service participates in a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, to reach taxpayers who qualify with free tax service and help.



                                           
WHAT?         Janet G. Bradford, Internal Revenue Service
                      VITA Program Training for 2011 Tax Season

Back on  October 26, 2010, GTMBC participated in the VITA Program
WHERE?      Eastern Star Baptist Church
                  548 15th Street
                  Port Arthur, TX. 77640 (409.982.2193 Church#)


Please let Us Know You’re Coming So We Will Have Enough Supplies and Refreshments

 Call:  Fabiola Small at 1.409.985.5513 or Beverly Hatcher at 1.409.962.8530; or email: 
hatcher.beverly@gtmbc.com

Fabiola Small as a Trained Volunteers from non-profit organizations provide free tax counseling and basic income tax return preparation for senior citizens.  Volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS. 

 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, known as The VITA Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) people who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing

Items you need to bring to the VITA/TCE sites to have your tax returns prepared are as follows:  a.)  Proof of identification; b.)  Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration; c.)  Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return; d.)  Current year’s tax package if you received one; e.)  Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers; f.)  Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099); g.)  A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available; h.)  Bank routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit; i.)  Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number); j.)  To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.  In addition, if you or your dependent is not eligible to get a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card.  Each year hundreds of thousands of returns are delayed in processing, or credit/deductions are disallowed because names and Social Security Numbers do not match Social Security Administration records.  To prevent processing delays in paper returns and rejected electronically filed returns, volunteers check the accuracy of each Social Security Number, as well as the spelling of the name associated with the number.  If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application.  This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.