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VITA Sites Provide Electronic Filing - New Orleans 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 many sites in the New Orleans area.

“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, and hours of operation:

New Orleans Regional Office
1555 Poydras Street, Suite 900
New Orleans
504-568-5233

Orleans Parish
February 15, 2002
McDonogh 35 Senior High School
1331 Kerlerec St.
New Orleans
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 16, 2002
Jerusalem Missionary B.C. 02/16/02
3513 4th Street
New Orleans
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 16, 2002
New Life Ministries
2731 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 19, 2002
Rabouin Senior High School
727 Carondelet Street
New Orleans
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Every Wednesday
Starting February 20, 2002
Civil Court Building
921 Loyola Ave
New Orleans
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

February 20, 2002
Jean Gordon Elementary School
6101 Chatham Drive
New Orleans
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 21, 2002
Marshall Middle School
4621 Canal Street
New Orleans
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 23, 2002
Word of Truth Fellowship
1715 Erie Street
Algiers
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 26, 2002
St. Augustine High School
2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave.
New Orleans
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

February 26, 2002
Volunteers of America
4152 Canal Street
New Orleans
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

March 2, 2002
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
2200 Dumaine Street
New Orleans
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Date to be announced
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church
2428 Flood Street
New Orleans
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

St. Bernard Parish
Febraury 22, 2002
Volunteers of America
Superior Options Of LA
9115 W. Judge Perez Dr. Ste D
Chalmette
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

St. Tammany Parish
March 1, 2002
LA Department of Revenue
Covington Office
1305 Florida Blvd.
Covington
9:00 a. m. - 3:00 p.m.

Jefferson Parish
February 27, 2002
Washington Elementary School
606 Clay Street
Kenner
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.