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MDC’S Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) Offers free help for low-income tax applicants

Volunteer helping a lady to file her taxes

Miami, March 5, 2008 - Miami Dade College (MDC) has ushered in the 2008 tax season by continuing a tradition that offers free tax preparations to low-income individuals, the elderly and non-English speaking residents. 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) is administered and staffed by faculty and MDC business students who volunteer their time to help the public in preparing their tax forms. Students are trained beforehand and must pass an IRS exam of basic rules, regulations, and tax preparation skills before they assist taxpayers. Divided into three groups, their functions are administrative, tax return preparation, and quality review.

The VITA program was started decades ago by the Internal Revenue Service in an attempt to helps those who need specialized attention in preparing their tax forms.

“The people from the community are delighted that we have this program because it’s helping them.  Most of the time these are individuals who cannot afford to pay a tax preparer, so they’re thankful that we have this service,” said Dr. Ana M. Cruz,
Wolfson Campus business chairperson.

Federal income tax returns must be in the mail and postmarked no later than April 15, 2008.

Individuals interested in having their taxes done through the VITA program must bring the following documents to the center with them:

  • Social security card and the social security cards of any dependents to be claimed.
  • Picture I.D.
  • W-2 earnings statement.
  • 1099 MISC (for self-employed individuals only).
  • 1099 INT (interest income).
  • Any documents pertaining to expenses to be claimed (receipts, etc.).

Below is a list of this year’s IRS/MDC VITA tax service locations, their schedules and contact info:

Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center (EEC)
6300 NW 7th Avenue / Miami, Fl 33150
Room 1201-1
Saturdays, thru April 12th
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
305-237-1199
Additional Information: Customers will only be accepted until 11:30 a.m.

Hialeah Campus
1776 W. 49th Street / Hialeah, Fl 33012
Lobby of the main classroom building
Tuesdays,  thru April 8th
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.            
305-237-1199
Additional information: Languages:  English and Spanish.

Homestead Campus
500 College Terrace / Homestead, Fl, 33030
Room B-122
Tuesdays & Thursdays, February 12th to April 10th
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
305-237-5143
Additional information: Languages:  English and Spanish.  By appointment only.

InterAmerican Campus
627 SW 27th Avenue / Miami, Fl 33135
Room 3207
Tuesdays, thru April 8th
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Additional information: Customers will only be accepted until 5:00 p.m.

Kendall Campus
11011 SW 104th Street / Miami, Fl 33176     
Room 6319-39
Monday – Thursday thru April 8th
305-237-2283
Additional Information: By appointment only.

North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue / Miami, Fl 33167
Computer Courtyard, Building 2, Room 2201, 2nd Floor.
Tuesdays, thru April 8th
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
305-237-1199
Additional information: Languages:  English, Spanish and Creole. Customers must be signed in by 6:00 p.m.

Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Avenue / Miami, Fl 33132
ETCOTA Center, Room 7109
Saturdays, thru April 12th
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.                                  
305-237-3151
Additional information: Languages:  English, Spanish and Creole. Customers will only be accepted until 11:30 a.m. and there will be a limit of 30 customers per Saturday.

For more information contact: Ana M. Cruz 305-237-3151

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Cindy J. Irizarry, 305-237-3920, cirizarr@mdc.edu




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