The City of Coral Springs, together with Hispanic Unity of Florida, will offer a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) beginning in January for all residents of Coral Springs, regardless of ethnic background, who earn less than $36,000 annually. According to Hispanic Unity of Florida, VITA is a free, IRS-sponsored program to help low-income workers, including anyone eligible for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, fill out their tax forms. In order to be eligible for the Federal EITC, taxpayers must possess a valid Social Security number and have earned income below a certain threshold and who use a filing status other than married filing separately. You need to have worked and have earned income less than: · $12,120 ($14,120 if married filing jointly) if there is no qualifying child · $32,001 ($34,001 if married filing jointly) if there is one qualifying child · $36,348($38,348 if married filing jointly) if there is more than one qualifying child. IRS-trained volunteers operate the VITA sites, fill out tax returns and answer taxpayer questions. In Broward County, VITA sites will be set up in various public locations around the city. All Broward County VITA sites will be equipped for electronic filing, which allows taxpayers to receive refunds faster than filing paper returns. If filing, please bring a photo ID, all W2 and 1099 forms, all other income information, social security cards for you and your dependents, deduction and credit expenses, day care information and EIN number and address (if applicable). The VITA program, which is available to residents of all ethnic backgrounds, will be a welcome one in Coral Springs, according to Joyce Campos, Community Relations Manager. “We are glad to have Hispanic Unity of Florida to assist with programs of this nature,” she said. “We especially encourage people who speak different languages to take advantage of this opportunity to get help with their simple tax returns.” The VITA program will be available to Coral Springs residents through April 15, 2007, at the Northwest Regional Library, located 3151 University Drive #221. Tax assistance will be available two days a week: on Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents will be seen by appointment only. For additional information about the VITA program, or to secure an appointment, call 954-964-8884, extension 216.