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VITA Sites Provide Electronic Filing - Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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:

Lafayette Regional Office
By appointment only
825 Kaliste Saloom Road
Brandywine III, Suite 150

St Martin Parish
February 25, 2002
St Martin Parish Library
201 Porter St
St Martinville

Evangeline Parish
February 27, 2002
Evangeline Parish Library
242 W Main St
Ville Platte

Iberia Parish
March 4, 2002
Iberia Parish Library
445 E Main St
New Iberia

St Landry Parish
March 6, 2002
Eunice Public Library
222 S Second St

Vermilion Parish
March 11, 2002
Vermilion Parish Library
200 N Magdalen Sq (70510)

Acadia Parish
March 13, 2002
Acadia Parish Library
1125 N Parkerson Ave

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