SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Public Affairs Office
Contact: Danny Brazell
Phone: (803) 898-5464
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2004
Free income tax help available in Midlands
While the 2004 income tax filing season is winding down, free income tax preparation help for low-income, elderly or disabled taxpayers is still available in the Midlands area under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Taxpayers can visit the South Carolina Department of Revenue VITA site each Wednesday through April 9, 9 a.m. – noon. The site is located at the Department’s headquarters, 301 Gervais Street (State Museum building). No appointment is necessary, but some waiting may be required. Taxpayers should bring all W-2s, dependent and tax deduction information. Electronic filing is available at this site.
Other VITA sites in the Columbia metropolitan area include:
Benedict College (through April 12)
Community Development Center
Two Notch and Reed Streets
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wateree Community Action Agency (through April 11)
3220 Two Notch Road
Fridays, 2 – 5 p.m.
Lower Richland Community Center (through April 13)
117 Henry Street
Wednesdays, 2 – 5 p.m.
(Call 803 352-3822 for apt.)
Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library (through April 9)
1500 Augusta Road
Fridays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Crooked Creek Recreational Center (through April 15)
1098 Old Lexington Highway
Thursdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
South Carolina State University
School of Business
300 College Street
Saturday, April 3 and 10
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
VITA is a free tax-help program co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Revenue. Volunteer tax preparers are trained by the agencies to assist taxpayers with basic tax returns and those who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. Typically, volunteers will assist taxpayers who cannot afford profession tax help and whose taxable income is less than $34,000.