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Free tax help available for low-income taxpayers

Loyola press release - January 22, 2015

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is again offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to provide free tax preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes.

The sessions, designed by the Internal Revenue Service, begin Monday, Jan. 26, and continue through Thursday, April 9. The tax preparation sessions are Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and Mondays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. The walk-in sessions will take place at a NEW LOCATION this year, in the Loyola College of Law building located at 526 Pine Street, Room 112. No sessions are scheduled Thursday, Feb. 12 through Monday, Feb. 16 due to the Mardi Gras holiday. Also, no sessions are scheduled Thursday, April 2 through Monday, April 6 as the College of Law is closed for the Easter Holidays.

The program will also offer tax preparation again this year at the Community Center of St. Bernard Parish, located at 1111 LeBeau St., Arabi, La. This location serves the communities of St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans East, the Lower Ninth Ward and the Bywater and Marigny areas. Sessions take place 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: February 7, 21 and 28, March 14, 21 and 28. For more information on sessions in Arabi, call 504-281-2512 or 504-861-5668. Please arrive no later than 12 p.m.

Taxpayers will need to bring government issued IDs, Social Security cards for every person included on the tax returns, all tax documents including W-2 and 1099 forms and Social Security statements. Please bring prior year tax returns and documents. New this year is information regarding insurance coverage as required under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Taxpayers will also have to bring information regarding health insurance coverage for each member of their households.

Loyola’s Volunteer Tax Assistance Program is affiliated with the Asset Building Coalition of Southeast Louisiana and the American Bar Association.

For more information, call 504-861-5668. For pre-recorded directions, call 504-861-5665.