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VITA Sites Provide Electronic Filing - Monroe 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 Monroe 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:

Monroe Regional Office
By appointment only
122 St. John Street

Ouachita Parish
February 14, 2002
Anna Meyer Branch
Ouachita Parish Library
1808 Highway 165 South
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Jackson Parish
February 19, 2002
Jackson Parish Library
614 South Polk Ave.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Lincoln Parish
February 21, 2002
Lincoln Parish Library
509 West Alabama Ave.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Union Parish
February 26, 2002
Union Parish Library
202 West Jackson Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Caldwell Parish
February 28, 2002
Caldwell Parish Library
211 Jackson Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Franklin Parish
March 05, 2002
Franklin Parish Library
705 Prairie Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Richland Parish
March 07, 2002
Richland Parish Library
1410 Louisa Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

East Carroll Parish
March 12, 2002
E. Carroll Parish Library
109 Sparrow Street
Lake Providence
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Madison Parish
March 14, 2002
Madison Parish Library
403 North Mulberry Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

West Carroll Parish
March 19, 2002
W. Carroll Parish Library
101 Marietta Street
Oak Grove
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tensas Parish
March 21, 2002
Tensas Parish VA Office
(behind Courthouse)
205 Hancock Street
St. Joseph
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Morehouse Parish
March 26, 2002
Morehouse Parish Sales Tax Commission
123 East Madison Street
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For media inquiries, contact:
Byron Henderson
Public Information Director