Mar 18, 2014 11:56 AM by PRESS RELEASE

Free tax preparation sites open through April 14

Until April 14, families and individuals throughout Acadiana with a combined household income of $51,000 or less can have their taxes prepared for free and learn if they qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

IRS-certified and trained volunteers are available to prepare taxes at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that include:

• ASSIST Agency in Crowley
• Continuous Links in Ville Platte
• SMILE in New Iberia
• SMILE in Lafayette
• Acadiana High School
• Continuous Links in Opelousas
• The Southwest Center for Rural Initiatives
• SMILE in St. Martinville
• St. Mary CAA Central Office
• ASSIST Agency in Abbeville

"Connecting individuals and families to services that help them keep the money they have earned is a step toward helping them gain financial stability," explained Jason Huffman, director of impact strategies at United Way of Acadiana. "Being financially stable can put families in a better position to handle a crisis, such as a job loss, illness, natural disaster or other unforeseen expenses. Because of this service and financial education opportunities, Acadiana can become a more prosperous place for us all."

Last year, volunteers prepared 2,632 federal returns. Of those, 1,032 EITC-eligible returns were filed, returning more than $1.9 million in tax credits being returned back to Acadiana residents. Each year, on average, more than $30 million in Earned Income Tax Credits go unclaimed in Acadiana.

The following items are needed to prepare taxes:

• photo ID
• original social security card or ITIN
• all W2s
• any other tax-related documents

For more information, call 232-HELP (4357) or 211 or visit



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