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VITA Sites Provide Electronic Filing - Shreveport 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 Shreveport 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 and for assistance at the Shreveport Woodlawn High School site. No appointments are 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:

Shreveport Regional Office
Tuesdays and Thursdays
By appointment only
1525 Fairfield Street

Claiborne Parish
1st and 3rd Tuesday of month
City Hall -Homer
400 E. Main Street
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Bienville Parish
1st and 3rd Thursday of month
Mayor''s Office
810 S. Railroad Avenue
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Bienville Parish
1st and 3rd Thursday of month
City Hall- Ringgold
2135 Hall Street
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Caddo Parish
2nd and 4th Wednesday of month
Wallette Library
363 Hearne Avenue
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Caddo Parish
Woodlawn High School
7340 Wyngate Blvd.
By appointment only
3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Webster Parish
1st and 3rd Wednesday of month
Sales Tax Commission
1128 Homer Road
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Webster Parish
2nd and 4th Thursday of month
City Hall
101 Macon Drive
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Desoto Parish
2nd and 4th Tuesday of month
Police Jury Office
101 Franklin Street
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

For media inquiries, contact:
Byron Henderson
Public Information Director