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Free Tax Assistance Offered

by on February 05, 2013 9:48 AM

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help for low-to-moderate income individuals/families (generally $51,000 or below). IRS certified preparers are available at various locations throughout Centre County to prepare and file basic tax returns.

Here are the sites where tax service is available:

  • The Church of the Good Shepherd, 402 Willowbank St., Bellefonte. Sessions begin on Feb. 2 and close on April 13. It is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Returns are prepared by appointment only. Call (814) 355-6816 to set up a time.
  • The Millheim Outreach Center, 103 Mill St., Millheim. Sessions begin on Feb. 7 and end on April 4. It is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays. Returns are prepared by appointment only. Call (814) 349-5850 to set up a time.
  • Holt Library, 17 N. Front St., Philipsburg. Sessions begin on Feb. 12 and end on April 9. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. Returns are prepared by appointment only. Call (814) 355-6816 to set up a time.
  • Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College. Sessions begin on Feb. 4 and end on April 12. It is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Returns are prepared by appointment only. Call (814) 355-6816.
  • Penn State University, Ferguson Building, room 10, University Park. Sessions begin on Feb. 5 and end on April 13. There will be no sessions during spring break (March 2 through 9). It is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Returns are prepared by appointment only. Call (814) 863-7448 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There are several items one should bring to have a return prepared. They are:

  • Photo identification (Examples: driver’s license, state ID, school ID).
  • Social Security cards and birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents.
  • Income documents: W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Int, 1099-Div, 1099-Misc, and so on.
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns (if available).
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit/debit.
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

For IRS tax questions, IRS Agents are available via video conference calls from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Willowbank Building, 420 Holmes St. in Bellefonte.

Payments are not accepted and forms are not available at this location. Call (814) 355-6816 for more information.

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