White Earth Tax Sites to Open January 25

White Earth Investment Initiative will open its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites beginning on Monday, January 25. The Shooting Star Casino tax site will be open Mondays through Thursdays, January 25 through March 4, from 11am to 7pm. The Pine Point site will be open Fridays only, January 29 through February 19, from 12pm to 6pm. Appointments are required and can be made by visiting weii.website or calling 800.752.6579 after January 19.

To keep taxpayers, tax volunteers and staff as safe as possible, tax operations will operate in a semi-virtual way during the filing season. At their appointment, taxpayers will provide identification, complete intake forms, and provide copies of their tax documents to VITA staff and volunteers. Returns will be prepared within seven business days. Taxpayers will need to return for a second appointment to review their returns with tax site personnel and sign a form authorizing WEII to e-file their return. Alternatively, taxpayers could choose to receive their returns virtually and complete their review and e-file authorization via videoconference.

Visitors to the tax site are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. WEII personnel will be following all federal, state, and local COVID-19 guidelines, including frequent cleaning of tax stations. Taxpayers are asked to reschedule their tax appointments if they are not feeling well.

We are very excited about opening the tax season and serving our clients. 2020 was a challenging year, but our volunteers and staff are well-prepared to help the community file their returns as efficiently as possible. — Sue Trnka, VITA Director for WEII

Taxpayers should be sure to bring their photo IDs, originals or copies of Social Security cards for all persons listed on the tax return, and all tax documents (e.g., W2s, 1099s, etc.) along to their first appointment.