PRESS RELEASE: Area Groups to Help Flood Victims Amend 2010 Tax Returns

RSVP VITA volunteers and local CPAs will help residents with flood losses get tax refunds

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), RSVP Volunteer Program, and the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne and Wyoming Counties will host eight programs to help local flood victims amend their 2010 federal income tax returns. Some taxpayers may be able to receive a refund that can help them rebuild following the damaging floods from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Two programs will detail which tax forms need to be filed and what taxpayers need to have in order to support their return, including proof of loss, value, and damage sustained.

These information-only programs will be held on the following dates:

Nov. 1
6 – 7 p.m.
Duryea Borough Building

Nov. 3
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wyoming County Senior Center
Tunkhannock

Six more programs will offer overview presentations from PICPA members and one-on-one assistance from Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteers to help residents complete the amended forms. Appointments are required for one-on-one sessions. These sessions will be held on the following dates:

 Nov. 7 and 14
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Luzerne County Community College
Call (570) 822-1158, ext. 3370

Nov. 14
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Falls Senior Center
Call (570) 388-2623

Nov. 16
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Wyoming County Senior Center
Call (570) 836-2324                                                                                

Nov. 16 and 30
9 a.m.  – 3 p.m.
Pittston Senior Center
Call (570)655-5561

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RSVP is Senior Corps, a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the premier and largest senior volunteer agency in Pennsylvania and the country.

PICPA has more than 21,000 members statewide, many of whom are active in public service activities to enhance the profession and serve the communities in which they live and work.

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To set up an interview with a local CPA who can explain the process of amending a 2010 tax return to claim casualty losses, contact Kathleen Miller at (215)-972-6188 or kmiller@picpa.org.

The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a professional association of more than 20,000 CPAs who work in public accounting, industry, government, and education. Founded in 1897, PICPA is the second-oldest state CPA organization in the United States. To find a member CPA in your area, visit our website at www.picpa.org and click on CPA Locator.