United Way free tax help sites still open

PHOENIX, Ariz. - United Way of Northern Arizona Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has several sites still open to provide tax help to area residents at no cost.

Free electronic tax preparation for the 2009 individual federal and state of Arizona tax returns is being offered at the following locations, dates and times:

• Coconino High School, 2801 N. Izabel St., Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• East Flagstaff Library, 3000 N. Fourth St., Wednesday, April 7, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Family Resource Center, 1806 Historic U.S. 66, Friday, Friday, April 9, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• Murdoch Community Center, 203 E. Brannen Ave., Tuesday, April 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 224 N. Kendrick St., Thursday, April 15, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

"We can help people - especially those who cannot afford paid tax assistance, such as people whose incomes are $49,000 or less; seniors; the disabled and people with English as a second language - prepare and electronically file their 2009 federal and state income tax returns," said Clover Collardson, Director of Community Partnerships.

IRS trained volunteers will discuss and determine eligibility for important federal tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.  Tax credits can reduce federal income taxes and may result in refunds.

Flagstaff area and Coconino County residents need to bring: photo identification for themselves (and their spouses); Social Security Numbers or Individual Tax Identification Numbers for each person listed on the tax return; all wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2); interest and dividend statements (Forms 1099 or 1098); a copy of last year's tax return and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2009.  If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

The Internal Revenue Service projects 1.7 million out of 2.8 million tax returns submitted by Arizonans for 2009 will be electronically filed. Electronic filing provides the highest degree of speed, accuracy and security in filing tax returns.  If you are getting a refund, consider direct deposit. Direct deposit can increase the speed of your refund to as little as 10 working days or less and your check can't get lost or stolen or returned as undeliverable.

For more information or questions, contact Clover Collardson at (928) 773-9813 or e-mail

ccollard@nazunitedway.org

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