M. Dade College continues to serve free VITAA tax prep services

Community Thursday, February 6, 2014


Miami Dade College is continuing its 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.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistant 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.

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

• A social security card and 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.)

In the Hialeah and Northwest Miami-Dade areas, two Miami Dade College campus will be offering the VITA services.

Hialeah Campus VITA, located at 1776 West 49 Street, Room 324 in Building 1800, open to April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. English and Spanish speakers welcome. Only 25 clients will be served each evening and must be signed in prior to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Geoffrey Danzig at 305-237-8620.

North Campus VITA/Single Stop, located at 11380 N.W. 27 Avenue, Business Resource Center, Building 1, Room 1164. Walk-ins accepted on Tuesdays to April 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. Walk-ins accepted Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., now to April 15. For more information, contact Julio Borges at 305-237-1199.