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March 21, 2016 - 3:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in VITA, tax preparation.

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee is again offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to help those with low to moderate income with their tax preparation and filing.

Taxes are due April 15. Free federal and state tax preparation, including free electronic-filing assistance, is available through April 14. All ages and all surrounding counties are welcome. 

Appointments required. Appointments start at 9 a.m. and go to 4 p.m. at the locations listed below:

  • Monday and Wednesday: Batavia Senior Center, 2 Bank St.; call 343-1611 for appointment
  • Tuesdays: The Greens of Le Roy; call 768-2740 for appointment
  • Thursdays: Community Action Center, 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, call 343-7798, ext. 16, for appointment

Due to identity theft, the IRS requires Social Security cards for all names on the return and picture ID of those signing the return. Clients need to arrive 15 minutes before the appointment to fill our required intake sheet from the IRS. Taxpayers should bring all 2015 tax forms and last year's return.

February 8, 2016 - 4:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in corfu, corfu free library, tax preparation.

Press release:

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, a representative from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will be at the Corfu Free Library from 2 to 8 p.m. to assist residents in learning how to file their income tax returns online for free. Anyone interested in signing up for this assistance should contact the library to schedule a time slot.

The Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) program, coordinated by Assemblyman Steve Hawley, will be held at the Corfu Library, 7 Maple Ave., Corfu, will focus on showing how residents can file their taxes electronically. 

According to Hawley, “Filing taxes electronically saves residents time and money and also yields a considerably quicker refund.”

This FSA assistance at the Corfu Free Library is free service for taxpayers. When residents come to the library for help completing their tax return, they’ve potentially saved hundreds of dollars in preparer fees, and can learn how to prepare them on their own next season.

In addition to the Feb. 16 date, this free tax help can be scheduled for other Tuesdays if needed. Patrons need to call the library sign up. Materials with everything needed to bring to an appointment in order to file online can be picked up at the library.

Residents are encouraged to call to schedule a timeslot. They can also learn more about e-filing online at www.tax.ny.gov. For more information about this program, call the Corfu Free Library at (585) 599-3321.

January 20, 2016 - 1:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in steve hawley, e-file, tax preparation.

Press release:

With the deadline to file federal taxes quickly approaching, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R,C,I-Batavia) has announced a series of workshops coming to his district that will help constituents learn how to electronically file their taxes. The workshops will take place in Batavia and Corfu at the public library. 

“Filing taxes electronically saves residents time and money and also yields a considerably quicker refund,” Hawley said. “Furthermore, the error rate for e-filed returns is 20 times lower than for paper returns and your refund can be directly deposited right into your bank account. I am excited to announce these upcoming workshops that run from January 25 to April 12 and encourage all of my constituents to attend to learn how to prepare and file your taxes for free.”

Ninety-two percent of New Yorkers file their taxes electronically and if your combined income for 2015 did not exceed $62,000, you can e-file for no charge. To learn more about e-filing, please visit www.tax.ny.gov.

***These are the times, days and dates of worskhops at the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia (19 Ross St.):

2 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays

Jan. 25

Feb. 1

Feb. 8

Feb. 22

Feb. 29

March 7

March 14

March 21

March 28

April 4

April 11

12 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays

Jan. 27

Feb. 3

Feb. 10

Feb. 17

Feb. 24

March 2

March 9

March 16

March 23

March 30

April 6

April 13

9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays

Jan. 30

Feb. 6

Feb. 13

Feb. 20

Feb. 27

March 5

March 12

March 19

April 2

April 9

***These are the times, days and dates of worskhops at the Corfu Free Library (7 Maple Ave., Corfu):

2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays

Jan. 26

Feb. 2

Feb. 9

Feb. 16

Feb. 23

March 1

March 8

March 15

March 22

March 29

April 5

April 12

January 19, 2016 - 1:42pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, community action, tax preparation.

Press release:

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee is again offering Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) at its Batavia office. April 15 is the deadline to file taxes.

This program is designated to help those with low to moderate income with their tax preparation and filing.

Trained volunteers are in the Batavia office, located at 5073 Clinton Street Road, on Feb. 4 through April 14.

Please call 343-7798 to schedule your appointment. 

This is a volunteer program offered free of charge. FREE E-Filing available, too!

February 9, 2012 - 1:14pm
posted by Billie Owens in tax preparation.

Press release:

For the third consecutive year, volunteers at Genesee Community College are providing free income tax preparation services. This opportunity is made possible through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), in collaboration with Genesee County Department of Social Services (GCDSS).

The services for 2011 taxes are available to anyone whose household income is below $50,000 and does not require the filing of Schedule C or D. Each client leaves with a copy of his or her return that has been prepared.

Business tax returns or complicated capital gains transactions cannot be completed through the VITA program.

Interested participants have access to walk-in sessions at GCC's Batavia campus or appointment-based services at GCDSS, located at 5130 E. Main St. in Batavia.

The three walk-in sessions at the college are held from 4 to 7 p.m. in room T204 on Tuesday, Feb. 7; Tuesday, March 6; and Thursday, March 22.

The appointment-based services available at the Department of Social Services are from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning today, Feb. 9. Call 344-2580, ext. 6552, to make an appointment. Mark Castiglione is the site coordinator.

Through VITA, IRS-certified volunteers prepare free, basic income tax returns for community members with low to moderate income. The volunteers have undergone rigorous online training and provide assistance in communities nationwide. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations.

"Last year we prepared 114 federal and NYS income tax returns," said local VITA Program Director Cheryl Corke, who is an associate professor of Accounting and Business at GCC.

"Through this effort, our clients received $115,304 in federal income tax refunds, including $23,795 in earned income tax credits, $5,682 in child tax credits and $9,170 in education tax credits."

Corke advises participants to bring all their necessary documents including:

  • W-2 (wage and earning statement(s) from employer(s)
  • W-2G
  • 1099-R
  • 1099-Misc (interest and dividend statements from banks) forms
  • Social Security cards for all persons listed on the tax return
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
  • For direct bank deposits, bank account routing numbers and account numbers are needed
  • Other information needed may include total annual payment for daycare providers, plus the daycare provider's tax identifying numbers and address.
  • For married couples filing joint tax returns, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

"I want to personally thank all of those who have been involved in this program," Corke said. "It really is a fantastic opportunity for community members and our students. We have several certified preparers from GCC, including faculty and students, and three people certified from DSS, and many others have put time and effort into this endeavor.

"On behalf of the many users and participants of this program, I send a special 'thank you' to my colleague, Amy Conley, and to her students who worked very hard to become certified intermediate income tax preparers."

For more information, contact Cheryl Corke, VITA program director at GCC, at [email protected].

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