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Everything You Need to Know About HWCLI’s VITA Program

Are you interested in receiving free tax preparation through HWCLI’s Virtual VITA Program? You’ve come to the right place! Here is everything you need to know about HWCLI’s 2018 Virtual VITA Program:

If your household income was less than $54,000 in 2017, you could qualify for completely free tax preparation!

How Does it Work?
The Virtual VITA program utilizes technology to connect the taxpayer and tax preparer. Instead of waiting at the intake site for an available tax preparer, the tax preparer is at an off-site location.

1. Fill out the intake form and staff will scan your tax documents.
2. Documents are uploaded to our secure online system.
3. An offsite tax preparer from the Food Bank for NYC will call you within three business days to complete your return over the phone.
4. If you have an email address, you can sign your return right from your smartphone or tablet. Or, return to the site to sign and file your return.

What Do I Bring?
Here are all the documents you need to bring to file your taxes through HWCLI’s Virtual VITA Program.

  • *Joint returns require both filers to be present to sign the return*
  • You MUST bring Social Security Cards or ITIN for all people on the tax return
  • Valid Photo Identification (You and your spouse, if you are filing jointly)
  • W-2 for all jobs you had in 2017
  • Voided check and/or savings account number if you want direct deposit of your refund. (Optional)
  • Form 1099-R or SSA if you receive a pension or Social Security
  • Form 1099-G if you received unemployment benefits
  • If you have educational expenses, bring the 1098-T or 1098-E form
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099– DIV or INT)
  • Total paid for child care & child care providers tax ID or Social Security
  • Number of child care provider
  • Form 1098—Mortgage interest and property taxes
  • NEW: If you purchased health insurance through the New York State of Health Marketplace, bring form 1095-A or B


We cannot prepare your taxes if you have:

  • Any of the following income: rent income (Scheduled E), royalties, partnerships, trust or farm income.
  • Tax returns for ministers or members of the clergy.
  • Moving expenses or HSA.
  • Form 4797 Sales of Business Property.
  • Self-employed health insurance deductions.
  • Domestic productions activities (form 8903).
  • Credits from forms 2439, 8839 and 8885.
  • Federal tax fuel Scheduled 4136.
  • Household employment Scheduled H.
  • PR income, Foreign Earned Income exemption (forms 2555/2555-EZ).
  • Adoption Credit.
  • Out of state returns or part-year residents of NYS.


Sites: (By Appointment)

  • HWCLI Office in Melville
    Tuesday- Friday, 9 AM- 5 PM Call (516) 505-4430
    150 Broadhollow Rd. Ste. 118
    Melville, NY 11747
  • North Amityville Senior Center
    Thursdays, 10 AM- 3 PM Call (631) 789-3524
    48 Cedar Rd. #C
    Amityville, NY 11701
  • Lindenhurst Memorial Library
    Wednesdays, 9 AM- 2 PM Call (631) 957-7755
    1 Lee Avenue
    Lindenhurst, NY 11757
  • Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center
    Tuesdays, 11 AM- 1 PM Call (631) 491-4889
    28 Wyandanch Ave.
    Wyandanch, NY 11798
  • Riverhead Free Central Library 
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, time-varying Call (631) 727-3228
    330 Court Street
    Riverhead, NY 11901
  • Our Lady of Loretto Church
    Some Fridays, 9 AM- 2 PM Call (516) 489-3675
    104 Greenwich St.
    Hempstead, NY 11550


If you have any questions or if you would like to make an appointment, contact Tommi-Grace at (516) 505-4430.

Free Tax Preparation!

Free Tax Preparation with HWCLI’s Virtual VITA Program!

If you made less than $54,000 in 2016, you may be eligible for free tax preparation assistance through the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island’s Virtual VITA program. The Virtual VITA program utilizes technology to connect the tax payer and tax preparer. Instead of waiting at the intake site for an available tax preparer, the tax preparer is at an off-site location. The intake process takes less than 20 minutes and tax returns are completed in a few days, ensuring clients get access to all tax credits and refunds they may be eligible for.

It’s fast, easy and free!

For more information or for times and locations call 516-505-4424, or comment below.