Leeward Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program student volunteers and other community members are providing free tax help for low to moderate-income (generally $53,000 or less) taxpayers who need assistance with preparing their 2014 federal and Hawaiʻi tax returns.

Volunteers are trained and certified to prepare basic tax returns. This does not include returns with business and rental income or complex investments. Tax returns can be electronically filed and refunds direct-deposited for faster service.

What to bring:

  • Photo identification for you and your spouse
  • Social security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for you, spouse and dependents
  • Wage and earning statement(s) forms 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 Hawaiʻi returns if available
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit of refunds, optional
  • Real estate taxes paid for your personal residence
  • College tuition, textbooks and required supplies costs and scholarship information
  • Total paid for day care; provider’s address and identifying numbers
  • Information for itemized deductions
  • Mortgage interest and real estate taxes paid for your personal residence
  • Charitable contribution receipts
  • Substantial out-of-pocket medical and work-related costs

To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

Walk-in assistance

Volunteers will be available to assist taxpayers every:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from now through March 19, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from February 7 to March 28, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. (doors close at noon)

No appointments can be taken. Simply walk-in and sign the waiting list in room BE 229 on the Pearl City campus. Contact Roy Kamida by email or at (808) 455-0294 or visit the VITA website for more information.

—By Kathleen Cabral