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VITA Sites Provide Electronic Filing - Lake Charles 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 Lake Charles 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:

Lake Charles Regional Office
By appointment only
One Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1550
Lake Charles

Allen Parish
February 28,2002
Allen Parish Library
833 4th Ave
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Beauregard Parish
February 21, 2002
Beauregard Parish Library
205 South Washington
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Calcasieu Parish
March 12,2002
Calcasieu Parish Library
301 West Claude
Lake Charles
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cameron Parish
March 14, 2002
Cameron Parish Library
498 Marshall Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jeff Davis Parish
March 28, 2002
Jeff Davis Parish Library
118 West Plaquemine
10:00 a.m. to 2:00p.m.

For media inquiries, contact:
Byron Henderson
Public Information Director