Loyola University New Orleans College of Law will offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to provide free tax preparation assistance for people with low to moderate incomes. The walk-in sessions will take place at a new location this year, Room 112 of the Loyola College of Law building, 526 Pine St.
The sessions, designed by the Internal Revenue Service, continue through April 9. The tax preparation sessions are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Mondays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 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 also will offer tax preparation again this year at the Community Center of St. Bernard Parish, 1111 LeBeau St., Arabi. This location serves the communities of St. Bernard Parish, New Orleans East, the Lower 9th Ward and the Bywater and Marigny areas. Taxpayers should arrive no later than noon for sessions that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays: Feb. 7, 21 and 28, and March 14, 21 and 28. For information on sessions in Arabi, call (504) 281-2512 or (504) 861-5668.
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. Taxpayers also will have to bring information regarding health insurance coverage for each member of their households.
Loyola’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is affiliated with the Asset Building Coalition of Southeast Louisiana and the American Bar Association.
For information, call (504) 861-5668. For prerecorded directions, call (504) 861-5665.