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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

Attention Tax Payers!

Yes, we are closing the VITA Drop off program for the month of August to take a break. The volunteers and I need that time to recoup.

We will reopen the VITA Drop off program on Sept 1st.

Only the taxpayers affected by the tornado will be granted that automatic extension - Oct. 15. 

Others, even though they live in those counties - Bradley and Hamilton, do not qualify if not affected by the tornadoes.


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      Victims of the April tornadoes for Bradley and Hamilton County.  As a result, affected individuals and businesses will have until October 15, 2020, to file returns and pay any taxes that were originally due during this period. This includes 2019 individual and business returns that, due to COVID-19, were due on July 15. Among other things, this also means that affected taxpayers will have until October 15 to make 2019 IRA contributions. 

      https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-extends-july-15-other-upcoming-deadlines-for-tornado-victims-in-parts-of-the-south-provides-other-relief

      This is only for victims of the April tornadoes:

      IRS extends July 15, other upcoming deadlines for tornado victims in parts of the South; provides other relief

      IR-2020-126, June 23, 2020

      WASHINGTON — Victims of the April tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that took place in parts of Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina will have until October 15, 2020, to file various individual and business tax returns and make tax payments, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

      The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as qualifying for individual assistance. Currently, this includes Clarke, Covington, Grenada, Jasper, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Panola and Walthall counties in Mississippi, Bradley and Hamilton counties in Tennessee and Aiken, Barnwell, Berkeley, Colleton, Hampton, Marlboro, Oconee, Orangeburg and Pickens counties in South Carolina.


      The IRS continues to create outreach materials to address people’s questions about coronavirus-related tax relief and Economic Impact Payments. This week’s outreach bundle includes the partner toolkit, Economic Impact Payments: Reaching People Who Are Eligible and Don’t Normally File a Tax Return, in Spanish, as well as a Spanish YouTube video on using the Non-Filers Tool to register for an Economic Impact Payment. We’ve also included an update on IRS operations during COVID-19 and information about employer credits.  

      YouTube video:

      IRS operations update:


      Video Tax Tip – Your Account on IRS.gov  (www.irs.gov/accounts)

      If you already have a personal account with the IRS, then you know the information and services available there.

      If not, please take time to watch this short video.  You’ll be surprised at how easy this is, and how helpful it can be.

      Your Account on IRS.gov English | Spanish | ASL

      Subscribe today: The IRS YouTube channels provide short, informative videos on various tax related topics in English, Spanish and ASL.

      Due to COVID-19, #IRS has issued some balance due notices with expired response due dates. However, each notice includes an insert confirming the extended due dates. To learn more, see: 

      https://go.usa.gov/xfrJX

      As a result of COVID-related closures, #IRS issued some previously printed balance due notices with due dates that have already passed. Be sure to check the insert explaining that the dates printed on the notices have been extended. 

      https://go.usa.gov/xfrJX

      #IRS was unable to mail some notices due to COVID closures. As operations reopen, some taxpayers will get letters with due dates that have already passed. Please check to see if you have an insert with updated information

       https://go.usa.gov/xfrJX

      As #IRS resumes operations, some taxpayers will get IRS balance due notices with due dates that have already passed. Please note that each letter includes an insert confirming the extended due dates. 

      ATTENTION: 

      If you are not able to file your taxes by the July 15th deadline, please download the Form 4868 and submit it to the IRS in order to receive an extension. For more information, visit irs.gov

      Download Form 4868

      Social Security recipients will not have to file a tax return. They will receive the stimulus check automatically; either by direct deposit or check.

      This is the official announcement from the IRS extending the tax filing deadline and allowing individuals who may have a tax liability to pay their taxes owed by July 15th.  If they fail to pay what they owe by July 15th, interest and penalties will be applied.

      https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020




      For 2020 Tax Filing Locations and Times, Click Here!                  

      For more information on what documents and identification you will need to file your taxes, please click here.

      Check Out What's New for the 2020 Tax Filing Season!

      2020 Tax Filing Updates.pdf


      Check the IRS Withholding estimator regarding your taxes today!

      Even though it is November, you can make the change, if you want or just

      see how it looks.

      Get Ready to File 2019 Taxes!

      https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/get-ready-for-taxes-get-ready-today-to-file-2019-federal-income-tax-returns


      Attention Tax Payers! Adjust withholdings, make

      estimated or additional tax payments:

      https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator


      Hackers are out there and the taxpayers need to be aware!!!

      Tax Scams/Consumer Alerts:

      https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-scams-consumer-alerts



      VITA is Back!

      VITA offers free tax assistance and e-filing of your return. Those wishing to take advantage of this free program are asked to bring photo identification, a copy of last year's tax return and all pertinent information for tax year 2019 such as W-2's, 1099's, etc. Please check The Herald News Around the Town calendar for any updates. For more information, call Audrey Pack Memorial Library at 365-9757 and speak with Cindy.


      Pictured left to right: VITA volunteers Darrell Lunsford, Debbie Stevenson, Audrey Pack Memorial Library representative Cindy Wilkey and volunteers Brenda Davis, Carol Heimbrook and Brenda Lunsford. (Click here to read full story)





      How to become a VITA Volunteer

      VITA Volunteer FYI.pdf

      VITA Volunteer Application.pdf

      Interested in volunteering for VITA? Please download the VITA Volunteer Application and email it to vpalmer@epbfi.com.  


      What will you be doing?

      Volunteering for VITA.  VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.  You will be trained and certified for preparing Federal Income Tax Returns for low/middle class individuals.

      What kind of training will I Receive?

      You will receive 4-day classroom training.  Once you completed the classroom training, you will be given access to our online course so you can begin an in-depth review of what you learned in the classroom at your own pace. You will be learning:  

      1. Tax Law
      2. Tax Return Preparation
      3. Tax Preparation Software

      How do I become a Certified Tax Preparer?

      You will be tested over the courses you study.  

      Where will I be working?

      You will be working at sites in

      1. Recreation facilities

      2. Southern Adventist University

      3. Libraries

      4. Shopping malls
      5. Community Centers

      What days and hours will I be working?

      You can have a flexible schedule.  We require a minimum of 4 hours a week. Sites are open during the week and Saturdays. Times vary, between 10am and 8pm.

      What experience do I need?

      1. Basic computer skills

      2. Own transportation

      3. Many of the volunteers have a strong background in accounting, bookkeeping or previous VITA experience.  Many have no experience, but are willing to learn.

      What benefits do I get?

      1. Gain a valuable skill

      2. Make a difference by giving back to your community

      3. Personal Satisfaction

      4. Giving of Self

      If you are interested in volunteering, please email Val Palmer: vpalmer@epbfi.comPlease include your name, telephone number and email address.


      Volunteers Wanted for VITA Program:

      VITA Training Program:  Volunteers needed.  Training starts in mid-August and training is held at Urban League.

      Prerequisite:

      • Basic computer skills for inputting tax return information

      • Mature, Responsible individual

      • Transportation

      • Friendly, dependable and flexible

      • Willingness to share time, skills and interest

      • Pride in performing tasks completely and accurately

      • Ability to work with the public in a helpful and supportive manner.

      • Have the time to be trained to be a “Certified Tax Preparer

      • Must pass an three tests: ethics exam; Interview/Quality Review exam  and the Advance Tax Course

      • Discipline to self-study

      Volunteers will receive 4-day classroom training and access to the online self-study opportunities.  There is no cost to the volunteer and they are given an online link to the tax courses and the use of Urban League’s computer lab.  We train volunteers on: tax laws, return preparation, tax software and teach you how to interview the taxpayer so that you can have the correct information to complete an accurate return.  The training is a 4-day classroom session either daytime or evening. Once you have completed the 4-day classroom training, we will direct you to the online self-study so you can begin an in-depth review of what you learned in the classroom at your own pace.  You will be tested over the course or courses you study.  All volunteers must pass the Ethic test, Intake/Interview Test and the Advance test.  We do have other advance tests you many want to take. Once you pass the tests, you are certified to prepare taxes.  You will be assigned a VITA site to volunteer at. We require a minimum of 4 hours a week, but if you can volunteer more, we certainly can use you.  You are not alone at the VITA site, you will be assigned a buddy who will help you through the process who is an experienced VITA volunteer who can answer any questions you may have.  If you are interested in volunteering for VITA, please call Urban League at (423)756-1762 and give your name, phone number and email address and let them know you are interested in volunteering for the VITA program.  You will make a difference.

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