Tax Day Approaches

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Benjamin Franklin once wrote in a letter to French physicist Jean Baptiste Leroy, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

Now, more than 220 years following those insightful words, Americans are gearing up for Tax Day, as April 15 is only about a week away.

If you still haven’t completed your return or are in need of assistance, The Salvation Army may be able to help.

Some of our Salvation Army community centers are partnering with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) to offer free tax preparation and assistance to low income and elderly taxpayers who qualify. You can contact your local Salvation Army community center to see if they offer this service. The IRS website also has more information on the VITA program and offers the contact number 1-800-906-9887 to call for VITA site locations.

The Salvation Army in Sheboygan, Wisconsin said they expect to assist with between 700 and 800 returns this year by the April 15 deadline. In Sioux City, Iowa The Salvation Army’s Captain Capt. Von Vandiver told local news station KPTH 44 that most of their clients received $400 in returns for each taxpayer they helped.

Another useful tool for taxpayers regardless of your income bracket is The Salvation Army’s valuation guide, which you can find here on our website www.satruck.org. This is incredibly handy for estimating the worth of your tax deductable, in-kind donations from clothes to appliances to cars, and The Salvation Army will provide you with a receipt when you drop them off in store or schedule a home pick up.

Also, don’t forget that if you donated to Haiti relief efforts before March 1, 2010, the federal government passed into law the charitable deduction bill that says your 2010 donation can count towards your 2009 return.

Hopefully this information will be able to help in some way as you work on your return. Best wishes in getting everything completed by April 15!

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