United Way assists with Super Tax Day

Capital Area United Way, the leading agency of the Capital Area Asset Building Coalition, along with the city of Baton Rouge, Department of Social Services, Entergy and the Internal Revenue Service hosted Super Tax Day on Feb. 2 at Baton Rouge Community College.

Volunteers provided free tax preparation services to the community; 86 returns were filed, resulting in $127,168 of earned income tax credits and $349,384 in refunds for participants. Super Tax Day collectively saved the participants about $17,200 to $25,800 in paid preparers’ fees.

Those wishing to take advantage of free tax preparation have until April 15 to visit an area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site. For information and locations, call 211 or (877) 923-2114.

An EITC tax credit can mean up to $5,000 in returns for individuals who earned less than $50,000 and had children living with them. EITC credits can also apply for individuals who earned less than $19,000 and had no children living with them.

Those visiting a VITA site should bring photo proof of identification; Social Security cards for themselves, their spouse and dependents or Social Security number verification letters issued by the Social Security Administration; birth dates for all persons listed on the tax return; wage and earning statements Forms W-2, W-2G, and 1099-R, from all employers; interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099); copies of last year’s federal and state returns, if available; bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit of their refunds; other relevant information about income and expenses; amounts paid for day care, if applicable, and the day care provider’s identifying number.

BSP chapter plans shopping, fundraiser

Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Feb. 5 at Page Meyer’s home. Vice President Verlyn LeBlanc introduced guest Margaret Shelton.

Social Committee Chairwoman Dixie Gregory said the chapter will take a March 16 shopping trip to New Roads. City Council Representative Ruth Mannen announced that a fundraiser will be held April 13 at Independence Park, with proceeds going to the Beta Sigma Phi Disaster Fund.

Gregory demonstrated how to make an ice cream sundae decoration using Valentine candy, a wreath using little party umbrellas and a sun hat that looks like an Easter bunny.

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