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VITA Sites Provide Electronic Filing - Alexandria Region

Tax preparation and electronic filing offered by Revenue Department

February 14, 2002

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Revenue is providing tax assistance and electronic filing through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at sites in the Alexandria region.

“The VITA program greatly assists our older taxpayers and those with lower incomes who cannot afford to pay for tax assistance or to have their returns filed electronically,” says Revenue Secretary Cynthia Bridges. She adds that representatives of Revenue will be on hand at various sites on certain days to assist taxpayers with the preparation of their federal 1040A and 1040EZ tax returns, as well as the state return. “The completed tax returns will be filed electronically free of charge,” Bridges points out.

Only the federal tax returns 1040A and 1040EZ are eligible under the VITA program, Bridges says. She points out that an appointment is necessary for VITA assistance at the Revenue Regional Office listed below, but no appointment is necessary for VITA assistance at the other sites listed.

Taxpayers seeking assistance with their tax returns will need to bring the following items: two forms of identification (one must be with a photo); Social Security cards for the taxpayers who are filing, as well as for all dependents claimed; copies of all W-2 forms for the year 2001; copies of all Form 1099s (notices of interest and dividends); proof that the Federal Advance Tax Credit was received (due to the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001); Form 1098-T if claiming a child care credit (must have the name, address, and identification number of the childcare provider); a copy of last year''s return (if possible); a voided check (for direct deposit purposes); and Federal Form 8453 (available at the site) signed by the taxpayer (and spouse if filing jointly).

The following is a listing of the Revenue regional office and telephone number for appointment purposes, as well as regional VITA sites, dates of service, address, and hours of operation:

Alexandria Regional Office
By appointment only
900 Murray Street

Concordia Parish
February 21, 2002
City Hall –Vidalia
301 Carter Street
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rapides Parish
February 23, 2002
Alexandria Mall
3437 Masonic Drive
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

LaSalle Parish
February 26, 2002
Police Jury Meeting Room -Jena
1050 Courthouse St., Room 13
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Vernon Parish
February 28, 2002
Vernon Parish Library
1401 Nolan Trace
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Catahoula Parish
March 5, 2002
City Hall
400 3rd Street
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sabine Parish
March 7, 2002
Sabine Tax Commission
670 San Antonio Avenue
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Natchitoches Parish
March 14, 2002
Prather Coliseum – NSU
100 College Avenue
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Winn Parish
March 19, 2002
Winn Parish School Board
304 East Court Street
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grant Parish
March 26, 2002
Civic Center
420 Richardson Drive
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Avoyelles Parish
March 28, 2002
School Board Office – Marksville
221 Tunica Drive West
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For media inquiries, contact:
Byron Henderson
Public Information Director