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Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Provides Free Tax Help for Low-Income Taxpayers

Loyola press release - January 22, 2016

Loyola’s Volunteer Tax Assistance Program will again offer free tax preparation for people with low to moderate incomes

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is once again offering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program this year to provide free volunteer tax preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes. Sessions will be offered at two locations.

The walk-in sessions, designed by the Internal Revenue Service, begin Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 and continue through Saturday, April 9, 2016.

Tax preparation sessions will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Mondays and Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Loyola College of Law, 526 Pine St., Room 111.

No sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Thursday, Feb. 4; Saturday, Feb. 6; Monday, Feb. 8 (due to the Mardi Gras holidays).
  • Thursday, March 24; Saturday, March 26; Monday, March 28 (due to the Easter holidays).

Taxpayers will need to bring the following items:

  • 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
  • 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 in addition to Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement.

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, visit the website or e-mail Andrew Piacun, assistant dean of administration and VITA program site coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans. For pre-recorded directions, call 504-861-5665.

St. Bernard

Tax assistance sessions will again also be held at the Community Center of St. Bernard Parish, located at 1111 Le Beau St., Arabi, La. on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 13, 20, and 27, and March 5 and 19 and April 2.

This location serves the communities of St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans East, the Lower Ninth Ward, and the Bywater and Marigny areas.

For more information, please call the center at 504-281-2512 for further information.