LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 27, 2012) - Local residents can receive valuable help at tax time from Central Arkansas Development Council, which is offering free tax preparation assistance at 19 locations in central and south Arkansas, including Pulaski County.
CADC offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. IRS Certified VITA/TCE volunteer preparers will provide electronic filing, debit cards, US Savings Bonds and asset development at no cost to low income taxpayers.
In Pulaski County, free tax preparation is held at the following seven locations:
- Esther D. Nixon Library; 703 West Main Street; Jacksonville, AR 72076; Walk-ins Welcome; 9:30 am - 2 pm, Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, Mar 3, 10, 24, Apr 7
- Dee Brown Library; 6325 Baseline Rd.; Little Rock, AR 72209; Walk-ins Welcome; Sat. 10-3 Jan 28, Feb 4, 11, 25; Sat 10-2 Mar 3, 24, 31;
- AR Workforce Center: 5401 S. University; Little Rock, AR 72209; By Appointment Only; Jan. 30; April 17; 501-320-1908
- Legal Aid of AR, AR Children's Hospital; One Children's Way, Slot 695; Little Rock, AR 72202; By appointment Only; Jan 30 - Apr 12; 501-364-1541
- Promiseland Ministries: 3700 West 65th Str.; Little Rock, AR 72209; Walk-ins Welcome; 10 am - 2 pm Feb 10, 24, Mar 9, Apr 6; 10 am-2 pm Feb 4,11, 18, 25, Mar 10, 31, Apr 7, 14;
- NLR Community Center: 2700 Willow Street; N. Little Rock, AR 72114: Walk-ins Welcome; Tuesdays Only 9am; 1pm; January 31; April 10
- City of Jacksonville; 109 South Second St.; Jacksonville, AR 72076; By Appointment Only; April 30; 501-982-0026
This year many workers will qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) for the first time because their income declined or they became unemployed; tax refunds through the EIC and Child Tax Credit can help low- and moderate-income families cover day-to-day expenses such as utilities, rent, and child care. Families with three or more children also get an extra boost with a larger EIC this year.
The IRS estimates, however, that one-fourth of eligible people could miss out on the EIC because they don't know about it, don't know that they qualify, or don't know where to find free tax filing assistance.
At CADC tax sites, IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers work one-on-one with families and individuals to help file their tax returns and ensure that they receive the tax credits for which they qualify. Sites also provide information on financial education classes and saving with US Savings Bonds.
Customers can split refunds into multiple accounts, or if they don't hold a bank account, can receive their refund on a debit card. Customers generally receive federal refunds 7-10 days.
"Workers who earned around $50,000 or less in 2011 and were raising children should see if they qualify for the EIC," said Larry Cogburn, executive director of CADC. "And single workers not raising children who earned less than $13,600 might qualify for a smaller EIC," he added. "But you must file a federal income tax return to claim the EIC - even if you don't earn enough to owe any federal income taxes."
Persons utilizing the sites should bring their family's Social Security Cards, picture ID, W-2/1099s, a copy of last year's return, bank account information for direct deposit or splitting a refund to several accounts, and any other pertinent information.
CADC's Free Tax Sites are be located in Clark, Columbia, Dallas, Hot Spring, Lonoke, Montgomery, Ouachita, Pike, Pulaski, Saline and Union Counties. For a complete site listing, go to www.cadc.com.
CADC is a private nonprofit community action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the "War on Poverty." The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, please contact CADC at 501-778-1133.
(Source: CADC Communications)