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Super Saturday Free Income Tax Preparation
 Super Saturday Free Income Tax Preparation

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (Pen or Pencil) - Launched by the Internal Revenue Service in 2005, the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program exists to encourage people in urban areas to take advantage of the earned income-tax credit.

The VITA program provides free tax services available to low- and moderate- income Pine Bluff and surrounding area families who earn $51,567 per year or less. The VITA program was established in Pine Bluff to help residents receive the maximum tax credits and refunds allowable by law.

The Pine Bluff Wealth Building Coalition will offer free income tax preparation Saturday January 25th from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Donald W. Reynolds Center located 211 West 3rd Avenue in Pine Bluff. The Earn Income Tax Credit (EITC) is the nation's largest antipoverty program for working families, it is a refundable tax credit worth $2 up to $6,000.

EITC is for working people who earn less than $51,567."ICVR encourages citizens in Pine Bluff and surrounding areas to take full advantage of the free tax preparation day on Super Saturday. By doing so, dollars will ultimately be returned into the local economy either through paying bills, making a down payment on a home or buying a computer for educational purposes." -Rev. Jesse C. Turner, executive director ICVR, Inc.

Pine Bluff Wealth Building Coalition members are Arkansas Community Organization (ACO), Jefferson County EOC, Southeast Arkansas College, Pine Bluff Housing Authority, Area Agency on Aging, Department of Workforce Services, United Way of Southeast Arkansas and Interested Citizens for Voter, Inc. (ICVR). On Super Saturday residents will be seen on a first come first serve basis, also, appointments can be made by calling one of the VITA Sites, ICVR at 870-536-7274 or ACO at 536-6300.

The EITC tax credit amount changes based on:

  • If you are single or married
  • If you have no, one, two, or three or more children
  • the amount you earn
  • To be eligible to claim EITC for 2013 the taxpayer:
  • Must work and have earned income
  • Must have a valid Social Security number
  • Investment income limited to $3,300
  • Generally must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year
  • Cannot file as married filing separately
  • Cannot be a qualifying child of another person
  • Cannot file Form 2555 or 2555-EZ (related to foreign earned income)

Persons needing help should bring:

  • Social Security for yourself and your dependents
  • Your picture ID
  • W-2’s for all jobs held in 201
  • Form 1099’s (1099-G, 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, etc)
  • Form 1098-T (tuition expenses)
  • Form 1098 (Mortgage interest payment)
  • Documentation of childcare expenses and childcare provider information (agency ID or SSN of the provider)
  • If you are filing Married Joint both taxpayers need to be present
  • Voided check or deposit slip for direct deposit