Porterville College will play host to free, community tax assistance events during the month of March and into April. PC in a partnership with CSET, will bring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to campus.
The program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers, including a number of students from Porterville College, provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. VITA will be hosted from 1 to 6 p.m. in the JEC Center (CT 1309) on March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5.
Attendees must bring the following documents to prepare tax returns: Social Security cards or ITINs for each member of the family, California ID or Driver’s License, copy of their 2014 Tax Return (Helpful, but not required), all W-2 forms for each member in the family (No check stubs allowed), all 1099 and 1098 forms for each member in the family, name, Tax Identification Number, address, and phone number of the child and/or dependent care provider for the Child & Dependent Care Credit, name, address, and phone number for landlord to claim CA Renter’s Credit, itemizing Deductions: Form 1098 for mortgages, property tax receipts, registrations for every vehicle, medical bills and other expense documentation needed; HUD-1 Settlement Statement for homebuyers bank account and routing number to use for direct deposit of refunds.
Other Requirements include: family income must be below $54,000 a year, both spouses must be present to e-file as Married Filing Jointly, taxpayers itemizing deductions and claiming small business expenses must add up all expenses prior to having their returns prepared, a list of the people on your tax return with health insurance coverage and which months they were covered, Form 1095-A, which was mailed to you if you or anyone on your tax return had coverage through the national or state health insurance marketplace and/or Form 1095-B or 1095-C, which was mailed to you if you had coverage from another source (not everyone with insurance will receive these forms this year).
During the VITA events, JEC Center staff can be located in Library 412.
These events are open to the public and free to attend. Parking permits will not be required. Porterville College is located at 100 East College Avenue in Porterville. For more information visit www.portervillecollege.edu or call (559) 791-2200.
VITA – Porterville College Dates:
Tuesday, 3/1: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, 3/8: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, 3/15: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, 3/22: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, 3/29: 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, 4/5: 1:00 – 6:00 pm