The Pike County Extension Office will continue to offer free tax preparation through VITA this year. However, due to COVID-19, it will look a little different.
Abby Peters, Pike County Extension coordinator, said as of February. 8, Taxes can be filed at the Pike County Extension Office at 306 S. Three Notch St. every Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Those who want to use this free tax preparation via VITA must have all the required tax documents at the time of submission,” said Peters. “And they must also provide a valid phone number along with the tax documents.”
Peters said the “drop-off” involves an intake interview with a certified volunteer.
The list of what to bring to the drop-off interview includes all forms, W-2 and 1099, information and other income, information on all deductions and credits, a copy of last year’s return, evidence of the return the direct payer of the account (forwarding) number and account number, social security cards for yourself, your spouse and / or your relatives, proof of identity for yourself and / or your spouse, total amount paid to the daycare provider and their tax number, Date of birth for you, spouse and / or depending on the return and Form 1095 A, B or C (ACA declarations).
“The return can be picked up within seven to ten working days between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm,” said Peters.
Voluntary Income Tax Assistance is sponsored by the IRS in partnership with the Pike County Extension Office and Troy University School of Accounting. The IRS also doesn’t accept returns until February 12 of this year.