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The early December gathering at RCS in Clearwater was not what one usually expects at a food bank. The crowd was earnest and sincere, and thankful for the work RCS does. But they sported large smiles as Progress Energy President and CEO Vinny Dolan presented a check for $25,000 to help with United Way of Tampa Bay’s Stop Hometown Hunger initiative.

Diana Baker, United Way president and CEO, accepted the check from Dolan. “The food shortage in our area is critical, and unacceptable,” she said. “The generosity of Progress Energy will help many local residents provide nutritious meals to their families as they work toward getting back on their feet.”

Duggan Cooley, RCS president and CEO, told the attendees that RCS has seen a 100 percent increase in need since 2007. More than 30 percent of those are first-time visitors. He shared the good news that the Progress Energy donation will help, especially as the new year approaches and holiday donations drop off.

Progress Energy is not stopping with a cash donation from the company. Employees at eight locations in Pinellas County held food drives throughout December with the goal of raising five tons of food in one month. Employees also served holiday meals and distributed groceries at two Pinellas locations.

“This is the time of year to think about giving,” said Dolan. “At Progress Energy, we strive to give back to the communities we serve year ‘round through foundation grants to educational institutions and social service organizations.  During this special holiday outreach, our employees are generously donating their personal time and money to support neighbors in need.  With United Way as a partner, we’re uniquely connected to help the community where we live and work.”

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Who’s Eligible

If your household income is $49,000 or less and you file an income tax return, you’re eligible for free tax preparation.

What To Bring

  • Photo identification
  • Social security cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Birth dates for tax payers and the dependents on the tax return
  • 2009 tax package if you received one
    All wage and earning statements – Form W-2, W2G, 1099-R for all employers
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks – Form 1099
  • A copy of last year’s federal tax return
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit
  • Other relevant documentation (as applicable):

    • Total paid for child care and daycare provider’s identification number and contact information
    • Total paid for continuing education (tuition, books, supplies, etc.)
    • Sales tax paid on purchase of new vehicle
    • Information on purchase of new home (if first-time buyer)
    • Business-related expenses, such as mileage, office supplies, advertising (if small-business owner or independent contractor)
    • Adoption expenses
    • Any notices received from the IRS or state tax office
    • Property tax bills
    • Additional forms of income: prizes and awards, scholarships and fellowships, lottery/gambling winnings.
    • To file taxes electronically on a “married filing jointly” return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

If you lost or do not have all of these items, you can still get your taxes prepared. Call the IRS helpline at 1-800-829-1040 to find out what you need and how to obtain missing or duplicate documents.

Where To Go

Hillsborough County
2010 Tax Preparation Sites

North Tampa and University Area

Opening mid-January – mid February 2010.

University Community Resource Center
13605 North 22nd Street
Tampa. FL 33613
813-975-2153
Income Limit: $56,000
OPEN: Monday-Thursday 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.;
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

North Tampa FSRC
1401-A East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
813-558-1877
Income Limit: $49,000

Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance
9215 North Florida Avenue, #101
Tampa, FL 33612
813-930-7400

Genesis Financial Management
12640 Telecom Drive
Tampa, FL  33637
813-864-3990
Income Limit: $49,000
OPEN: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & Thursday 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.
One Saturday per month (TBA)
By appointment

Jimmie B. Keel Library
2902 West Bearss Avenue
Tampa, FL 33618
813-273-3652
OPEN: Thursday & Friday 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

East Tampa and Ybor City

Children’s Board
1002 East Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
813-204-1741
Income Limit: $49,000
OPEN: Monday & Wednesday 3:00 – 6:30 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 -11:30am; Two Saturdays per month, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon (dates TBD)

Lee Davis NSC
3402 North 22nd Street
Tampa, FL 33605
813-272-5220
Income Limit: $56,000
OPEN: Monday-Thursday 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Ministries
2301 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
813-209-1200
Income Limit: $56,000
OPEN: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thirty-Fourth Street Church of God
3000 North 34th Street
Tampa, FL  33605
(813) 248-8700 ext. 21
Income Limit – $56,000

Sulphur Springs Resource Center
8412 N 12th Street
Tampa, FL 33604
(813) 936-3064
Income Limit: $56,000
OPEN: Monday & Wednesday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.;
Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
By appointment only

West Tampa and Town ‘n Country

West Tampa Neighborhood Service Center
2103 North Rome Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
813-272-5074
Income Limit: $56,000
OPEN: Monday-Thursday 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Town & Country FSRC
7520 West Waters, #8
Tampa, FL 33615
813-356-1703
Income Limit: $49,000
OPEN: Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon; Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Saturday 3:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

HCC – Dale Mabry Campus
4001 Tampa Bay Blvd
Social Sciences Building, Room 204
Tampa, FL 33614
Income Limit: $49,000
813-253-7497
OPEN: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday: February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 5, March 12, March 19
Saturday: February 6, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20

American Legion Post 152
11211 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626

Beulah Baptist Institutional Church
1006 Cypress Street
Tampa, FL  33606
813-251-3382
Income Limit: $56,000
OPEN: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.;
Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

West Tampa Library
2312 W. Union Street
Tampa, FL  33607
813-273-3652
OPEN: Monday 12:00 noon  – 4:00 p.m.

Jan Kaminis Platt Library
3910 S. Manhattan Avenue
Tampa, FL  33611
813-273-3652
OPEN: Monday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

South Tampa, Brandon, Ruskin and Plant City

South Shore Community Center
201 14th Avenue SE
Ruskin, FL 33570
813-671-7647
OPEN: Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Opening Date: February 6, 2010
Spanish speakers available

King’s Point Clubhouse
1900 Clubhouse Drive
Sun City Center, FL 33573
813-634-8108
OPEN: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Opening Date: February 1, 2010
Walk-in and by appointment.

United Community Church
1501 La Jolla Avenue
Sun City Center, FL 33573
813-633-2375
OPEN: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (closed Monday, April 5th)
Opening date: February 1, 2010
Walk-in and by appointment.

Plant City Neighborhood Service Center
307 N. Michigan
Plant City, FL  33563
813-757-3871
Income Limit:  $56,000
OPEN: Monday-Thursday, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Bruton Memorial Library
302 McLendon Street
Plant City, FL 33563
813-757-9215
Income Limit: $49,000

Brandon FSRC
1277 Kingsway Road
Brandon, FL 33510
813-740-4634
Income Limit: $49,000
OPEN: Monday 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.;
Saturday 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.

Bloomingdale Library
906 Bloomingdale Avenue
Valrico, FL 33594-6204

Seffner-Mango Library
410 Kingsway Avenue
Seffner, FL  33584
813-273-3652

Pinellas County Locations coming soon; visit http://www.UnitedWayTampaBay.org/freetaxhelp for more information.

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