United Way of Kenosha County, in partnership with Carthage College, the Kenosha County Job Center and Guaranty Bank, announce the return of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) for 2012. The VITA Program offers free tax help for low- to moderate-income (generally, $49,000 and below) individuals and families who cannot prepare their own tax returns. Certified volunteers have received training to help prepare basic tax returns in Kenosha County.

VITA runs every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through  April 10. VITA is located at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha. Please use Entrance D. Capacity is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open one hour prior to start times.

The second location opens March 1 and closes March 31, and is being held at the Salem Community Library located at 24615 89th Street in Salem. Sessions at the library are held by appointment only on Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

You must provide the following information or your return cannot be filed: valid ID; Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration (Forward Cards are no longer accepted as a form of identification.;

Also you will need birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return; current year’s tax package if you received one; wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099-I);

Also bring Social Security (SSA 1099); a fully completed and signed rent certificate for the Wisconsin Homestead Credit; a copy of last year’s federal and state returns, if available; any notices received from the IRS or Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue;

Bring the 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);

Any additional forms of household income, SSI, County Relief, Kinship Care, Child support; to file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms;  bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit.

For any questions, contact Laurie McDonald at (262) 960-9178 or lmcdonald@kenoshaunitedway.o


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