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      United Way of the Midlands offering free tax prep

      The United Way of the Midlands, along with the Cooperative Ministry, are providing free tax services.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- United Way of the Midlands, along with the Cooperative Ministry, is offering free tax preparation services.

      The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program began in the Midlands 30 years ago.

      The goal is to help lower-income familes, who earn less than $50,000 a year, get their taxes done correctly and for free.

      You may call 211 on any phone, 24 hours a day, to set up an appointment until April 15th.

      What do I need to bring?

      -Proof of identification

      -Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return

      -Social Security cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or Social Security number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration

      -Current year??s tax package if you received one

      -Wage and earning statement(s) Form 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 state returns if available Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit

      -Total paid for day care provider and the day care provider??s tax identifying number (the provider??s Social Security Number or the provider??s business Employer Identification Number)

      The list of locations can be found here.