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VITA program underway, new protocol in place

KI BOIS Community Action Foundation’s free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is announcing its COVID-19 pandemic protocol. The KI BOIS VITA program has implemented processes designed to protect the health and safety of staff, volunteers and tax clients. The required packets of forms are available for pick-up at the KI BOIS Office, 200 S.E. A St. in Stigler.

For safety reasons and convenience, tax packets are available in a box by the front entrance so that clients do not have to enter the building when picking up packets. Clients may complete the tax packet in their vehicle or take it off-site to complete, and then call KI BOIS when all documentation is completed and ready to be submitted for processing.  

Detailed instructions are included in the packet. “This is an exceptional year.  We are proud to still be able to provide the VITA services to our clients, but it’s of the utmost importance to keep them safe, as well as our staff,” said Royce Alverson VITA Site Coordinator.  “The VITA tax packets will have detailed, step-by-step instructions on how we can make this as smooth and efficient as we possibly can,” Alverson said. VITA services are for moderate and low-income individuals and families making $57,000 annual income and below. VITA’s IRS-certified volunteers can complete basic federal and Oklahoma tax returns, including figuring Earned Income Credit.

The KI BOIS VITA program (exclusively drop off) began Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, and ends Thursday, April 15, 2021. More information about the VITA program is available by calling 918-967-3325.

The following is a general list of required documents for VITA assistance: Photo identification of taxpayer and/or spouse Social Security card for EACH family member named on the return W-2’s, 1099’s and 1098’s (bank interest and  royalties).  NO CSA-1099’s Proof of health insurance coverage (Form 1095) or exemption form (Form 8965) Amount(s) of Economic Impact Payment (Stimulus check) If you want direct deposit, a voided check is required. VITA cannot help taxpayers who have rental property, farm income, sale of business property, moving expenses, employee business expenses, military pay, claim depreciation, or have a loss on Schedule C (self-employment).

 

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Stigler News-Sentinel

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