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Miami Dade College Once Again Offers Free Tax Preparation Services for Community

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Miami, January 13, 2014 - Miami Dade College (MDC) is ushering in the new year by continuing a 20-year tradition of offering free tax preparation services to low-income individuals, the elderly, and non-English speaking residents. Federal income tax returns must be in the mail and postmarked no later than April 15, 2014.

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 help those who need specialized attention in preparing their tax forms.

“Our 20th anniversary of providing tax service to the community will be strengthened in the 2014 tax season with our partnership with Single Stop at the three main campuses:  Kendall, North and Wolfson,” said Dr. Ana Cruz, Chair, School of Business, Wolfson Campus. “At the VITA/Single Stop offices, additional services will be offered, such as legal assistance and financial counseling,” she added.

Individuals interested in having their taxes prepared 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:

Location:                                             Hialeah Campus VITA

                                                            1776 W. 49 Street

Room 324 in Building 1800

Dates/Times:                                        Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to April 8

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

VITA Coordinator:                                Geoffrey Danzig            

Telephone number:                             305-237-8620

Additional information:                        Languages:  English and Spanish

                                                            A maximum of 25 clients per evening and must be

                                                            signed in prior to 6 p.m.

                                                           

Location:                                             Homestead Campus VITA

                                                            500 College Terrace

                                                            Room D-307

Dates/Times:                                        Mondays, Feb. 3 to April 7

                                                                                                                        7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

VITA Coordinator:                                José Luis Hortensi                                

Telephone number:                             305-237-5143

 

Additional information:                        Languages:  English and Spanish.

 

Location:                                             InterAmerican Campus VITA                                                                                                               627 SW 27 Avenue

Room 3207

Dates/Times:                                        Wednesdays, Feb. 5 to April 9

                                                            11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

VITA Coordinator:                                Elisa Fernandez            

Telephone number:                             305-237-6484

Additional information:                        English and Spanish

Customers will only be accepted until 3 p.m.

 

Location:                                             Kendall Campus VITA/Single Stop

            11011 SW 104 Street

Dates/Times:                                        Location A

                                                            By appointment, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Room 6343 and Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.: Room 6342

                                                            Feb. 6 to April 10

Extended Hours:                                  Location B: Room R-101

                                                            Walk-ins, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to

6:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 to April 15

VITA Coordinator:                                (Laura) Hoa N. Burrows                         

Telephone number:                             305-237-2375 - Location A

                                                            305-237-0712 - Location B 

Additional information:                        Languages:  English and Spanish

The Center will be accepting customers until

3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 p.m. on Thursdays by appointment (Location A).

 

Location:                                             North Campus VITA/Single Stop

                                                            11380 NW 27 Avenue

Dates/Times:                                        Location, Business Resource Center, Building 1,

                                                            Room 1164

                                                            Walk-ins, Tuesdays, Feb. 4 to April 8; 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Extended Hours:                                  Walk-ins, Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to

6:30 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

February 4 to April 15                

VITA Coordinator:                                Julio Borges                             

Telephone number:                             305-237-1199

Additional information:                        Languages:  English and Spanish.

 

Location:                                             Wolfson Campus VITA/Single Stop

                                                            300 NE Second Avenue

Times, Days & Dates:                           Location A: Room 7109

Walk-ins, Saturdays, Feb. 8 to April 5, 9 a.m. to noon.

(The Center will be closed on Feb. 15 and 17 and March 8)  

Extended Hours:                                  Walk-ins, Mondays through Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 4 to April 15          

VITA Coordinator:                                Winston Imhoff                          

Telephone number:                             305-237-3151

Additional information:                        Languages:  English and Spanish.

The center will be accepting customers until

11:00 a.m. on Saturday and will serve a maximum of 30 customers per Saturday, whichever comes first.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist




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