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VITA Sites Provide Electronic Filing - Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge 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 Headquarters and Regional Office and their telephone numbers for appointment purposes, as well as regional VITA sites, dates of service, address, and hours of operation:

Baton Rouge Headquarters
By appointment only
617 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Regional Office
By appointment only
8549 United Plaza, Suite 110
Baton Rouge

Iberville Parish
Every Wednesday
February 13 - April 10, 2002
Iberville Parish Library
24605 J. Gerard Berret Blvd.
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

East Feliciana Parish
February 14 and 21, 2002
Audubon Library
12220 Woodville Street
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

February 15 and 22, 2002
Audubon Library
Jackson Branch
3312 College St
Museum Building
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

West Feliciana Parish
February 19 and 26
Audubon Library
11865 Ferdinand St
St Francisville
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

St. Helena Parish
February 25 and March 4
Audubon Regional Library
Hwy. 10
Oak Plaza Shopping Center
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ascension Parish
February 22, 2002
Ascension Parish Library
Gonzales Branch
708 S Irma St
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

February 25, 2002
Ascension Parish Library
Donaldsonville Branch
500 Mississippi St
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For media inquiries, contact:
Byron Henderson
Public Information Director