Saturday, August 17, 2019

GRACE Selected to Host Free Tax Assistance

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a national program, selected GRACE as a mobile site to provide free Income Tax Preparation Assistance to low-income, elderly and/or disabled people. Volunteers, certified and trained by the IRS, will provide free income tax preparation for families or individuals who earned $50,000 or less in 2011.

VITA is a volunteer-supported, national program that provides free income tax preparation for families. Catholic Charities of Fort Worth partners with United Way to implement the VITA program in Tarrant County. “It’s an honor to

have a national program choose GRACE as a host location, giving us another avenue in helping our local community,” said GRACE Executive Director Shonda Schaefer. “We are proud to work with VITA and look forward to having them here in Grapevine this year and in the future as well.”

GRACE will host VITA volunteers on four days which includes one Saturday on January 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Other GRACE location times are from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 1 and 29, and Monday, April 16.

To schedule an appointment with a VITA volunteer, call 2-1-1 and request the GRACE Grapevine location on 610 Shady Brook Drive. Other times and locations are available based upon zip codes. To learn about becoming a VITA volunteer, email vitavolunteer@ccdofw.org.

Items to bring to a VITA appointment include:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and dependents and/or a social security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Wage and earning statement(s) such as Form W-2 from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements including 1099 forms
  • Total paid daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identification number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s Business Employer Identification Number)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state tax returns, if available
  • For those filing a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Blank check. If you are owed a refund, direct deposit happens in about a week. If you owe the IRS money, a specific date can be set to debit your bank account.