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NEW ORLEANS — Waited until the last minute to file your tax return? The Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR), the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax Aide Program and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are offering free electronic filing of Federal and Louisiana income tax returns on Thursday, April 15 at the Louisiana Superdome.
As part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, assistance will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointments are necessary and taxpayers will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. As always, this service is available for low to moderate income taxpayers who file basic individual income tax returns.
“Volunteer representatives will be on hand to assist taxpayers with the preparation of their federal 1040A and 1040EZ tax returns, as well as the Louisiana IT 540 return,“ said Louisiana Department of Revenue Secretary, Cynthia Bridges. “Taxpayers should use this free assistance opportunity to see if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can mean as much as an additional $4,000 in their federal income tax refund.”
To expedite the filing process, taxpayers should bring all W-2s, 1099s, Social Security cards of dependents, and a copy of last year''s tax return, if available, to the Superdome’s Southwest Quadrant, Room 15. Taxpayers should enter at Gate F. Discounted parking ($4) will be available at Lot 5 in the Southwest garage. For deposit of refunds directly into bank accounts, taxpayers should bring information such as a blank or cancelled check showing the correct nine-digit routing number and account number.
Taxpayers needing additional directions and information may call 504-568-5229.
Jan Pretus, the Internal Revenue Service''s Territory Manager for Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication said, "We thank the Louisiana Department of Revenue, AARP Tax Aide, and the Superdome for helping us provide free tax preparation services to the community. While we don''t encourage people to wait until the last day to file, we know that there is a need to assist people who delay filing, but still want to comply with the tax laws and get their returns filed in a timely manner. We will also have limited services available to assist taxpayers who did not file their tax return for the year 2000 and have all of their information available. In order to collect a refund due for the 2000 tax year, the return must be filed no later than April 15."
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