Tax Filing Season Begins Jan. 23 and Due April 18.
What You Need to Know
According to a new tax law change, the IRS cannot issue refunds before February 15 for tax returns that claim the Earned Income Tax Credit or the Additional Child Tax Credit. This law is set to help protect tax filers from identity theft and refund frauds.
This applies to the entire refund, even the portion not associated with these credits.
The IRS will begin to release EITC/ACTC refunds starting February 15. However, the IRS cautions taxpayers that these refunds likely won’t arrive in bank accounts or debit cards until the week of February 27. Read more about refund timing for early EITC/ACTC filers: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/refund-timing
NO ONE CAN SPEED UP YOUR REFUND!
What to Bring with You to File Tax Return
Original social security cards for you and all dependents
Valid state-issued photo ID
Income documents including W-2s and 1099s
Proof of health insurance – Form 1095-A, 1095-B or 1095-C
Voided check for direct deposit
Childcare provider information (including SS # or EIN)
Form 1098-T (tuition payment statement)
Identity theft pin if applicable
Last year’s tax return
Where to Find Free Tax Return Preparation Site – Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
PCDC is in its 3rd year in this VITA program. We provide Chinese-speaking bilingual volunteers to serve our community. See below for our service dates and hours.
Dates: February 11, 12, 18, 19, March 4, 5, 11, 12
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: PCDC’s office, 301 N. 9th Street
Please make sure you bring the required documents listed above. If you have any questions, please call PCDC 215-922-6156.
We are looking for volunteers to join this program. Requirements to become a VITA volunteer:
1) A desire to serve the community
2) Willingness to learn basic tax matters and follow VITA procedure
3) A passing score on the IRS mandated online test (at least Basic level)
4) Respect for taxpayers and their privacy
5) Ability to communicate in English, Cantonese, or Mandarin.