United Way free tax preparation begins Saturday



Tax season is here, and United Way of the Ouachitas is kicking off its free tax preparation service on Saturday for people who generally make $55,000 or less, are disabled or speak limited English.

“Super Tax Saturday” will be from 8:30 p.m. to noon, and will allow people to come to the United Way office, 233 Hobson Ave., to file their taxes with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. No appointment is required.

Beginning Feb. 8, people can utilize the free tax service by appointment through April 15. To schedule an appointment, call 501-623-2505.

According to a United Way news release, IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

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COVID-19 pandemic safety measures will require people sit in their car while their taxes are being prepared in the United Way office. It will take about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the return.

“Upon your arrival, our staff will greet you at your vehicle and provide you with an intake form to complete,” the release said. “Once the return has been completed, we will review the completed return with you in your vehicle. If filing a joint return, your spouse must be present to sign off on the joint return. Upon your approval, we will e-file your federal and state returns and will provide you with a copy to take home.”

UWO requests the following be brought for tax preparation:

• Proof of identification, in the form of a photo ID.

• Social Security cards or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) for the individual, their spouse, and dependents.

• Proof of foreign status, if applying for ITIN.

• Birth dates for everyone on the tax return.

• For married filing joint, both spouses must be present.

• All forms W-2, W-2G, 1099, and 1098.

• A copy of last year’s federal and state returns.

• Proof of bank account and routing information if choosing direct deposit of refund, such as a voided check.

• Total paid to day care provider and their tax ID.

• Health insurance exemption certificate, if received.

• All form 1095 Health Insurance statements.