Free last-minute tax preparation assistance available

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Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 05:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Promoting financial stability is key to the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties' mission.

That's why the local office — along with the  University of Florida's Okaloosa County Extension Office and Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast — offers free income tax preparation assistance, said Rhonda Davenport, the nonprofit's vice president of campaign marketing.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program serves households with an average income of $52,000 or less. Eligible Crestview residents can schedule an appointment to have 2013 taxes prepared and filed at the First Presbyterian Church in Crestview.

Residents should bring photo identification, Social Security cards of everyone on the tax return, documentation of deductions and credits, and W-2 and 1099 forms. Those wanting tax refunds directly deposited should have their bank account numbers on hand.

Like the VITA program, the AARP Tax Aide program has trained volunteers working to assist low- to middle-income residents.

Volunteers help residents four days a week at the Crestview Public Library.

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