Free tax preparation to begin February 16

Volunteers will provide free income tax preparation services at the Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock, beginning February 16.

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to low- and moderate-income people (annual income below $54,000), persons with disabilities and the elderly who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, reported site coordinator Rita M. Theisen.

Tax sessions will be held from noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through April 13.

The VITA program offers free electronic filing, said Theisen, E-filers receive their refunds in half the time compared to returns filed on paper—even faster when tax refunds are deposited directly into the e-filer’s bank account. E-filing a married-filing-jointly tax return requires that both spouses be present to sign the required authorization forms.

Taxpayers must bring with them proof of identification; social security cards and birth dates for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents; wage and earning statement Forms W-2, W-2G and 1099-R; Form 1095-A if health coverage was purchased from a state or federal marketplace; interest and dividend statements from banks and brokerage accounts (Forms 1099); bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit of refunds; and, for dependent care credit, amounts paid for daycare and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number.