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IRS offers free tax preparation help

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People who earn $50,000 or less annually can try to get free tax preparation help from the IRS.

The service's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will run through tax day, April 17.

To locate the nearest VITA site, call 211 or 1-800-906-9887.

You can also seek help by visiting

Taxpayers who want VITA help will need to present the following items to have their returns prepared:

· Photo identification

· Valid Social Security cards for the taxpayer, spouse and dependents

· Birth dates for primary, secondary and dependents on the tax return

· Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers

· Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)

· A copy of last year's federal and state returns, if available

· Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit

· Other relevant information about income and expenses

· Total paid for day care

· Day care provider's identifying number

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