Councilwoman Cindi Fowler welcomes V.I.T.A.’s return to the Sun Valley Community Center on Wednesday

January 16, 2020

Louisville – The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is a free service that helps countless low-income individuals and families file their taxes each year. Its volunteers make sure each participant receives all the tax refunds they are entitled to and have returned millions to our local economy.

On Wednesday, January 22nd, Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14) welcomes the program back to Sun Valley Community Center for its 13th year of service!

“VITA is a free and valuable service to many area families here at Sun Valley,” says Fowler. “As we begin a new tax reporting season, our goal remains the same; help as many people as we can maximize their returns and I encourage everyone who needs help to take advantage of this service.”

The Louisville Asset Building Coalition has offered VITA at Sun Valley Community Center since 2008 and has continued to service more families each year. The program and number of volunteers can continue to grow due to the generous funding provided by several members of the Metro Council.

Councilwoman Fowler is a certified tax preparation volunteer and has worked for many years at Sun Valley helping families in need file their tax returns and receive their refunds.

“There is such a feeling of satisfaction when you have helped a single mother or senior citizen save a few hundred dollars because they were able to get this free service,” says Fowler. “That’s why I encourage anyone who has the time to volunteer and come join us.”

The VITA operation at the Sun Valley Community Center will begin on Wednesday, January 22nd. The Community Center, located at 6505 Bethany Lane, will offer the assistance until April 15, 2020. 

VITA’s mission is to offer free income tax preparation to individuals and families who earned less than $66,000 in 2019. To help preparers accurately determine EITC eligibility and prepare returns, individuals should bring:

Picture ID and Social Security cards for everyone listed on the return

Copy of 2019 tax return with all attachments and schedules
W-2s and 1099s from your employers
Other 1099s for interest, dividends, state tax refund or other income
1095-A for health insurance
1098 for education credit, plus a detailed financial statement from the school
Bank account number and routing number for direct deposit as well as savings account number (if applicable)
Childcare information, including Provider ID and actual amounts paid
Summarized list of other income/expenses for those who itemize or are self-employed
Additional tax information that may be required

The Sun Valley Community Center is just one of nine VITA locations LABC has in operation this year.

The VITA free tax preparation sites are located at:

•        Sun Valley Community Center; 6505 Bethany Ln.

•        Americana Community Center, 4801 Southside Dr.

•        Bates Community Development, 1228 Jackson St.

•        Eastern Area Community Ministries, 9104 Westport Rd.

•        Louisville Urban League, 1535 W. Broadway

•        Portland Promise Center, 1831 Baird St.

•        Salt and Light Community Development, 3025 Gerald Dr.

•        United Crescent Hill Ministries, 150 State St.

•        Wesley House Community Services, 5114 Preston Hwy.     

AARP sites in Louisville will open the first week of February at the following locations:

Buechel Park Baptist Church, 2403 Hikes Lane

Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Ave.
Iroquois Branch Library, 601 W Woodlawn Ave.
Jeffersontown Senior Center, 10631 Watterson Trail
Lyndon Baptist Church, 8025 New LaGrange Rd.
Middletown First Baptist Church, 11711 Main St.
Portland Branch Library, 3305 Northwestern Parkway
Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Hwy.
Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1143 South 3rd St.

“While the economy has improved over the last several years, many working families are still struggling. With the help of our volunteers, we can make sure everyone gets what they are entitled to with their tax returns,” says Fowler. “I want to thank all of the volunteers who are providing this important free service to our community.”

The LABC also offers free information and assistance if you wish to file a tax return online. To learn more about that free service or any other offered, go to: www.labcservices.org

For more information about the VITA program, contact Councilwoman Fowler’s office at 574-1114.

 

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