Citizen Potawatomi Nation will once again offer assistance to file Federal and State income tax returns for those earning less than $51,000 annually.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers trained tax preparers to e-file State and Federal taxes.  The service is offered until April 13, 2013. The service is provided free to those who meet the income requirement and are able to travel to Shawnee, Okla. to meet with a tax preparer.

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.

Those wishing to utilize the service must provide a photo ID, Social Security cards for each person listed on the return, W-2s, 1099s, a copy of the previous year’s tax return, documentation of deductions and bank account information for direct deposit of any refund. Additional documents may be required, depending on the return.

Please call 405-878-1512 to schedule an appointment with the VITA program.

Citizen Potawatomi Nation Community Development Corporation is also offering the use of computers to e-file tax returns. Please call 405-598-0797 for more information. Assistance will be available from CDC staff.