Bethpage to kick off free tax preparation assistance program – Long Island Business News

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With the tax deadline approaching, Bethpage Federal Credit Union announced that its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be offered again this year, beginning Feb. 4.

Now in its 17th year, Bethpage Federal’s VITA program provides eligible Long Island taxpayers who earned $56,000 or less in 2019 with free tax form filing assistance. The program is offered in English and Spanish to both members and non-members of the credit union at 13 locations through April 9.

More than 50 trained volunteers will offer assistance on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the following sites: Freeport Public Library; Yes We Can Community Center in Westbury; Mastics, Moriches, Shirley Library; United Healthcare Community Plan in Hempstead; Wyandanch Public Library; Copiague Public Library; East Islip Public Library; Huntington Station Library; Massapequa Public Library; Roosevelt High School Community Resource Room; West Babylon Public Library; Middle Country Library; and the North Bellmore Public Library.

Residents must schedule an appointment and bring appropriate documents.

Bethpage VITA volunteers will also educate working families about whether they are eligible for an earned income tax credit, which stems from an anti-poverty program that awards credit amounts based on income levels, filing status and other factors.

In 2019, Bethpage completed 1,931 VITA tax returns and helped secure IRS total refunds of more than $2 million. Bethpage also helped secure $201,961 in child tax credits and $487,824 in earned income tax credits.