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Louisiana Department of Revenue Provides Tax Assistance through the VITA Program

January 25, 2005

BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Department of Revenue is providing tax assistance and electronic filing in the Baton Rouge region through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Representatives from the Louisiana Department of Revenue will provide free tax preparation services from Monday, January 25, 2005 through Thursday, April 14, 2005.

Kent LaPlace, Director of the Baton Rouge region of the Louisiana Department of Revenue says, “Through the VITA program, taxpayers are given an opportunity to receive assistance in preparing and filing their tax returns. This program is essential to those who would otherwise be unable to have their tax returns prepared without a cost, especially taxpayers with earned income tax credit.”

To qualify for VITA assistance, the following items are needed: W-2 Forms, 1099 Forms, last years returns, if possible, notice of interest and dividends (Form 1099), child care information notices, voided check for direct deposit, social security and retirement notices (Form 1099), dependent social security cards (or other evidence of number), date of birth, two forms of ID, one with picture, and if filing jointly, both parties must attend.

Free tax preparation services are available at the VITA sites by appointment only. For further information, visit the Baton Rouge regional office at 8549 United Plaza, Suite 200. or call (225) 922-2300.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a part of the Louisiana Department of Revenue whose mission is to administer the applicable tax laws of the state of Louisiana as well as regulations concerning alcohol, tobacco and charitable gaming.