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Jan. 30, 2017

Chandler offers free tax preparation beginning the first week of February

Tax season has arrived, and the City’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is ready to assist residents. Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign helps working families who earned less than $54,000 in 2016 with free tax preparation and filing services.  Five tax preparation sites in Chandler are set to open this week through early April. Free tax assistance will be available on a walk-in basis at the following locations:
  • First Credit Union, 25 S. Arizona Place
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays; 4-8 p.m. Wednesdays
    This site will be open through Tuesday, April 11.
     
  • Chandler Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave.
    4-7:30 p.m. Mondays;  9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays
    This site will be open through Tuesday, April 11, and closed on Monday, Feb. 20, in honor of Presidents Day.
     
  • Chandler Christian Community Center, 345 S. California St.
    Noon-6 p.m. Tuesdays
    This site will be open through Tuesday, April 11.
     
  • The Chandler CARE Center, 777 E. Galveston St. 
    Noon-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays; noon- 4 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
    This site will be open through Saturday, April 8, and closed on Saturday, Feb. 18, Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15.
     
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, 2145 W. Elliot Road
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays 
    This site will be open through Saturday, April 8, and closed on Saturday, April 15.
All sites will prepare basic tax forms on a first come, first served basis. Interpreters also are available at some sites to assist Spanish-speaking residents. All volunteers are certified with the Internal Revenue Service and completed a VITA training program. 

Chandler’s VITA Program began in 2004 after Arizona convened a statewide task force focusing on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that frequently goes unclaimed. During last year’s tax season, Chandler’s 57 VITA volunteers invested more than 4,000 hours preparing and filing 1,860 personal tax returns that provided more than $2.2 million in refunds for residents. The volunteers focus on getting taxpayers the credits they are eligible to receive. 

When visiting a VITA site for free tax preparation, all taxpayers must bring several items with them including W-2 forms, photo identification, Social Security cards (including those of all dependents), Form 1099 (if applicable), and a copy of last year’s tax return and information for all deductions and credits. A complete list of what to bring is available online at chandleraz.gov/VITA.