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Program offers free tax filing help to B.R. residents

4 years 11 months 2 weeks ago Monday, February 02 2015 Feb 2, 2015 February 02, 2015 10:03 AM February 02, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Brock Sues

BATON ROUGE - With tax season entering full swing, Mayor-President "Kip" Holden's Office of Social Services is offering free help from IRS-certified workers to assist Baton Rouge residents in filing their federal and state taxes.

The service is offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which offers free tax assistance to people who make $53,000 or less per year. Persons with disabilities, the elderly and individuals with limited English speaking capabilities are also eligible for assistance through VITA. IRS-certified workers provide eligible taxpayers with free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing available to qualified individuals.

The tax preparation assistance is available by appointment only at the Office of Social Services and the Neighborhood Centers listed below. Individuals looking to take advantage of the program should call ahead to schedule their appointment at the specific location they will be attending for tax assistance.

VITA Site Locations and Contact Information

Office of Social Services Administrative Office
4523 Plank Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 358-4561

Income Tax Preparation Services are available during the days and hours below, and are by appointment only.
Please call ahead to (225) 358-4561 to make an appointment.

Monday and Wednesday Evening 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Service Centers

Income Tax Preparation Services are available by appointment only on Fridays only from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Please call ahead to the phone number listed below your local center to make an appointment.

Chaneyville Community Center
13211 Jackson Road
Zachary, LA 70791
(225) 658-9790

Dr. Martin L. King Community Center
4000 Gus Young Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 389-7679

Charles R. Kelly Community Center
(Formerly the Delmont Service Center)

3535 Riley St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70805
(225) 357-5013

Jewel J. Newman Community Center
(Formerly North Baton Rouge Community Center)

2013 Central Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
(225) 778-1007

What to bring to your VITA site?


  • Proof of identification (photo ID)
  • Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • Wage and earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R,1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available
  • Proof of bank account routing and account numbers for direct deposit such as a blank check
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms
  • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number such as their Social Security number or business Employer Identification Number
  • Forms 1095-A, B or C, Affordable Health Care Statements
  • Identity Theft Pin number from IRS, if applicable


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