Ariva’s free Tax Preparation Days in The Bronx

Ridgewood Savings Bank announced recently that it will again be hosting ARIVA’s free Tax Preparation Days at four convenient Bronx locations. The sessions will be held at the following sites/dates/times:

·Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Held at the bank’s Soundview branch – 1626 Bruckner Boulevard; (718) 589-1323

·Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Held at the bank’s Jerome Avenue branch – 3445 Jerome Avenue; (718) 881-3430

·Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hosted by Ridgewood’s White Plains Road branch and held at Community Board #12 – 4101 White Plains Road at 229th Street; (718) 882-0440

·Saturday, March 10, 2012: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Held at the bank’s Allerton Avenue branch – 711 Allerton Avenue; (718) 882-2220

Bronx residents are eligible for free tax filing if they are single with no dependents and earn less than $25,000 or file with dependents and earn less than $50,000. Since space is limited, qualifying taxpayers must call the branch that is hosting the session in advance to schedule an appointment.

This community service is presented by Ridgewood Savings Bank in partnership with ARIVA, a non-profit organization that implements a program instituted by the IRS known as “VITA,” which trains volunteers who then provide pro bono service for income-eligible households. The IRS Certified VITA Volunteer Preparers will prepare and electronically file the common 2011 tax forms: 1040 EZ, 1040A and 1040 forms.

“As a community-minded bank, we welcome this opportunity to help our neighbors with their tax filing,” said Peter M. Boger, Ridgewood Savings Bank chairman, president and chief executive officer. “This tax preparation service helps to reduce the stress of tax time by providing credible assistance that enables taxpayers to file on time and correctly, so that they receive any refunds promptly.”

All qualified taxpayers will need to bring the following to their appointments:

Photo IDs and Social Security Cards for each individual named on the tax return W-2 or 1099 Forms for every job held.

Documentation and child care provider Tax ID#, if claiming childcare expenses

2010 tax returns

Any other tax-related documentation received

*For those who are married and filing jointly, both spouses must be present at the appointment.

For first time tax filers, ARIVA can prepare the W-7 Form to obtain an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Eligible first-time taxpayers should bring a passport, USCIS photo ID, Visa issued by the U.S. Department of State or National Identification card.

“We also stand ready to provide information to residents who are interested in opening an account at one of our eight convenient branches in the Bronx,” added Walter Reese, Ridgewood Savings Bank’s senior vice president of retail banking. “This offers taxpayers the advantage of having tax refunds electronically deposited in their bank accounts for an added measure of promptness and security.”

About Ridgewood Savings Bank:

Chartered in 1921 and now celebrating its 90th anniversary, Ridgewood Savings Bank (www.ridgewoodbank.com) is the largest mutual savings bank in New York State with $4.8 billion dollars in assets serving customers throughout the New York metropolitan area.

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