Help is being made available statewide for the elderly and low-income families who have questions about their taxes.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites help thousands of people file their returns each year. Department of Revenue Secretary Roger Ervin says there are VITA sites in 72 Wisconsin counties and most major cities have at least one available.
Ervin says those centers are opening their doors statewide, primarily to low-income families and elderly residents who need help with their taxes. However, he says help is available to anyone who needs it. The centers are staffed by volunteers, many of which are retired DOR employees.
Ervin says getting tax help could be important for many individuals this year if they want to take advantage of the upcoming federal stimulus payments. You must file a 2007 tax return to qualify.
Already, over 2 million Wisconsin residents have filed their tax returns this year. For the first time, over 73-percent of state returns have been done using eFile services.