Murray Announces Free Tax Preparation Assistance for Seniors; VITA Volunteers Available Throughout Hempstead Town

Preparing a tax return is certainly not something anyone wants to do, especially those neighbors who are enjoying their golden years. But, there is a silver lining: senior citizens and residents with limited income can take advantage of the Town of Hempstead’s VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, in which trained volunteers help seniors prepare their tax documents for free, helping them get back every penny in tax refunds to which they are entitled. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray is encouraging all local seniors and residents with limited income to take advantage of the VITA program. The VITA program is sponsored by the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Senior Enrichment under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

“For nearly four decades, VITA volunteers have been helping Town of Hempstead seniors and residents with limited income to prepare their federal and state income tax returns,” stated Murray. “Our volunteers are highly trained, and are happy to help seniors who may need assistance.”

Seniors and residents with limited income who want to take advantage of the VITA program must bring last year’s tax return (2012) and all wage, social security and earnings statements (W-2 and 1099) to one of the VITA sites in the town. In addition, participants must bring interest, dividends, capital gains, IRAs, annuities and pension statements, 2013 property tax receipts, STAR exemption records, social security cards and photo identification with them to one of the VITA locations in the town.

From early February to mid-April, VITA volunteers will be on hand for nearly 250 sessions at 30 locations in Hempstead Town, stretching from the Five Towns to Levittown, and many communities in between. To find a VITA location near you and to schedule an appointment where necessary, please call the Department of Senior Enrichment at (516) 485-8100.