March 23, 1998
Tax Return Preparation Assistance
for Earned Income Tax Credit
WASHINGTON - The Internal
Revenue Service will help low-income taxpayers who may be eligible for the earned income
tax credit prepare their returns on Saturday, March 28, 1998, between the hours of 9 a.m.
and 3 p.m. The free tax preparation assistance will be offered at more than 150 IRS
offices nationwide. No appointment is necessary.
March 28, which is being called Earned Income Tax Credit
Awareness Day, is one of six Saturdays for which the IRS has scheduled Saturday customer
service. The Saturday hours began March 7 and will continue through April 11, the last
Saturday before the tax filing deadline.
Assistance will primarily take the form of group sessions to
help taxpayers first determine if they are eligible for the credit and then to show them
the correct way to fill out the tax return.
Taxpayers who wish to receive tax preparation assistance
should bring all necessary information with them. This may include copies of wage and tax
statements (Form W-2), information returns showing interest, dividends or other income
received (Form 1099), information showing mortgage or other deductible interest paid out
(Form 1098), the employer identification number (EIN) of any child care provider they use,
and any other relevant income and tax data. In addition, taxpayers must have valid Social
Security Numbers (SSNs) for themselves and any dependents they claim. Joint returns must
be signed by both spouses.
"We urge all taxpayers who think they're eligible for the
credit and would like our help to pay us a visit this coming Saturday -- that's their
special day," said Ron Watson, IRS Executive for Customer Service. "Of course,
we also welcome taxpayers who need our help with other matters."
Taxpayers may be eligible to receive the earned income tax
credit if they earn less than $9,970 and have no qualifying children, less than $25,760
and have one qualifying child, or less than $29,290 and have more than one qualifying
Taxpayers who believe they are eligible for the earned income
tax credit may call 1-800-829-1040 to find the closest IRS office offering tax return
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