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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Annandale SkillSource Center provides free tax assistance

IRS-certified volunteers are providing free income tax assistance to lower-income people at the Fairfax SkillSource Center, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 300 West, Annandale (the Heritage Center). If could qualify if you earned less than $51,000 in 2012.

This service is available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through April 13. Facilitated self-assistance, in which taxpayers file their own taxes with help from a volunteer, is available on Saturdays, 1-4 p.m.

If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the forms. Taxpayers should bring a picture ID, Social Security cards, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, wage and earning statements, interest and dividend statements from banks, copies of last year’s federal and state tax returns, bank account routing numbers and account numbers, and total paid for day care providers and providers’ tax identifying number.

This assistance is being provided by the Northern Virginia Cash (creating assets, savings, and hope) Coalition. Volunteers will ensure taxpayers receive the maximum refund and will determine if clients are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

It’s also officered at other nearby locations, including Thomas Jefferson Library (Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon, through April 13), Boat People SOS (Mondays, 5-7 p.m., through April 8), and the Hispanic Committee of Northern Virginia (Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., call 703/671-5666 for an appointment).

Last year, Northern Virginia families received more than $7 million in federal refunds through this service.

Free walk-in tax preparation assistance is also offered at the Mason Government Center by volunteers from the AAARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program Mondays and Thursdays 1-8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., through April 15. For more information, call 888/227-7669.

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