Miami Dade College Again Offers Free Tax Preparation Feb. 5 – April 14

Miami, Dec. 5, 2018 – Miami Dade College (MDC) will once again provide free tax preparation services to low-income individuals, the elderly and non-English speaking residents throughout Miami-Dade County as part of the Internal Revenue’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Administered and staffed by Miguel B. Fernandez School of Global Business, Trade and Transportation faculty and students, services will be available Feb. 5 – April 14, at various MDC campuses.

Launched 25 years ago, the VITA program initially began at the Wolfson Campus and was extended to other locations, including the North, Kendall, InterAmerican, Homestead, and Hialeah campuses.  VITA Centers are supervised by MDC’s School of Business professors and experienced coordinators.  Students serve as volunteers who prepare free individual income tax returns for other students, their families and the general public.  The returns are reviewed by the professors or experienced coordinators before being electronically filed with the IRS.  Every year the college wide VITA Program has between 80 and 100 volunteers.

Last year, the program completed 2,404 individual tax returns, amounting to more than $2,754,184 in refunds. More than $977,005 in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) was refunded to qualifying individuals. Overall, the program has given back to the residents of Miami-Dade County more than $50 million in refunds since it began a quarter century ago.

Requirements to have taxes prepared through the VITA program include social security card and social security cards of any dependents to be claimed; Photo ID; W-2 earnings statement; 1099 MISC (for self-employed only); 1099 INT (interest income); and any documents pertaining to expenses to be claimed.

Federal income tax returns must be in the mail and postmarked no later than Monday, April 15, 2019. 

MDC VITA locations and hours:

MDC’s Wolfson Campus (Feb. 5 – April 11, 2019)

300 NE Second Ave, Room 2103

Walk-ins:  Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tel. (305) 237-3151

Languages spoken:  English and Spanish.

MDC’s North Campus (Feb.  5 – April 11, 2019)

11380 NW 27th Ave., Bldg. 3, First Floor, Room 3101

Walk-ins: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tel. 305-237-1199

Languages spoken:  English, Spanish, and Creole

MDC’s Kendall Campus (Feb.  5 – April 11, 2019)

11011 SW 104th St., Computer Courtyard, Bldg. 2, Room 2118

Walk-ins:  Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (first come, first served)

Tel. 305-237-2502 or 305-237-2375

Additional information: Taxpayers must arrive at the site at least one hour before closing to be served. Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

MDC’s InterAmerican Campus (Feb. 6 to April 10, 2019)

627 SW 27th Ave., Room 3206

Walk-ins:  Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tel. 305-237-6484

Additional information:  Customers will be accepted until 3:00 p.m., Languages spoken:  English and Spanish.

MDC’s Hialeah Campus (Feb. 7 to April 14, 2019)

1776 W. 49th St., Room 2217

Walk-ins:  Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m.

Tel.  305-237-1199

Languages spoken:  English and Spanish.

MDC’s Homestead Campus (Feb. 9 – April 13)

500 College Terrace, Room D307

Walk-ins: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tel. 305-237-5109

Languages spoken:  English and Spanish.

For more information about the MDC/IRS VITA program, please call 305-237-3151

MDC Media-only contacts: Juan C.  Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu; Hessy Fernandez, director of media relations, 305-237-3949, hfernan5@mdc.edu; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu; Allison Horton, 305-237-3359, ahorton2@mdc.edu; or Norma Ardila, 305-237-3607, nardila@mdc.edu

This and other MDC releases are available on the web at www.mdc.edu.

 

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