Tax help center added; needs volunteers

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The city of Savannah is sponsoring another free income-tax preparation site in January to help citizens with incomes below $52,000 this tax filing season.

The city's Department of Economic Development, in partnership with Neighborhood Improvement Association, is opening a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site at the Windsor Forest Community Center to serve residents on Savannah's south side.

These VITA sites is part of the Chatham Savannah Asset Development Coalition. The coalition needs tax preparation volunteers. Volunteers will be trained with Internal Revenue Service tax materials to help people whose incomes are $52,000 or less with their federal and state of Georgia individual income tax returns. Volunteers are asked to donate about four hours a week at a VITA site from Jan. 19 through April 15.

All VITA sites use computers to prepare and electronically transmit tax returns (e-file). For more information or to volunteer, please call 912.447.5577.

VITA sites will open and begin taking clients on Jan. 18, 2011. 2011 city-sponsored VITA sites:

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center
Open for tax preparation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last client is allowed to sign in at 3 p.m.)

Moses Jackson Center

Open for tax preparation: Tuesday, Thursday

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last client is allowed to sign in at 3 p.m.)

Windsor Forest Community Center
Open for tax preparation: Wednesday
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last client is allowed to sign in at 3PM)

2011 VITA sites:

St. Mary's Community Center

812 W. 36th St.

Neighborhood Improvement Association

1816 Abercorn St.

Second Arnold Baptist Church

1427 East 37th St.

St. Joseph's/Candler (Employees Only)

11700 Middleground Rd.

Economic Opportunity Authority (EOA)

618 West Anderson Street

Savannah Entrepreneurial Center

801 East Gwinnett St.

ETC of Union Mission Inc.

711 East Broad St.

United Way of Effingham Co. - Rincon

711 Zitterour Dr.

Chatham County

124 Bull St.

Moses Jackson Golden Age Center

1210 Richard St.

United Way of Bryan County -

Pembroke Library

1018 Camilla Dr.

United Way of Bryan County

Richmond Hill Library

9607 Ford Ave.

Savannah Tech / Career Academy Effingham County

2940 Highway 21 South

Windsor Forest Community Center

414 Briarcliff Circle

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