Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City is offering free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) now through Wednesday, April 15 at the 2nd floor of the City County Building . VITA utilizes IRS-trained volunteers to prepare federal, state and local tax returns as well as Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) and property tax/rent rebates.
"Last year more than 1,475 residents took advantage of this program," said Ravenstahl. "We're pleased to offer VITA services again this year and I thank all of the volunteers who so generously offer their time and assistance."
VITA hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Services are provided on a first come first serve basis, walk-ins only and no appointments. No returns will be started after 2:15 p.m. VITA is located on the 2nd floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
Those needing assistance must bring the following documents and information: a current and valid drivers license, state ID, or student ID, as required by federal law; a social security card for every person listed on the tax return (required before a refund can be processed); and the amount of their stimulus check for tax year 2008. To verify the stimulus check amount, call 1-866-234-2942.
Only one tax form is permitted per person. No schedule "D" or rental schedules will be processed until March. VITA will be closed on April 2009 for the Good Friday Holiday.
VITA is an IRS sponsored program, and there are locations around the county. For more information contact the Mayor's 311 Response Line by calling 311 or 412-255-2621.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687