Free Friday: Tax Preparations and Italian Tastings from Il Bacco

Posted at 7:28 AM, Feb 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-12 07:28:16-05

Each week we tell viewers what they can get for free. This week’s free list: 1) Free Tax Preparation 2) Free Tastings from Il Bacco Ristorante

– Community Bank Provides Service to Assist Eligible Bronx Residents –

Ridgewood Savings Bank announced today 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, February 16, 2013:  9:45 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, February 23, 2013:  9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Held at the bank`s Allerton Avenue branch – 711 Allerton Avenue; (718) 882-2220
•    Saturday, March 2, 2013:  9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Held at the bank`s Soundview
branch – 1626 Bruckner Boulevard; (718) 589-1323

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 2012 tax forms: 1040 EZ, 1040A and 1040 forms.

‘As a community-focused bank, we are dedicated to helping our neighbors with important financial matters,’ said Peter M. Boger, Ridgewood Savings Bank chairman, president and chief executive officer. ‘This tax preparation service provides Bronx residents with the assistance they need to file their taxes on time, avoid potential errors, and receive their refunds promptly and thereby reducing stress related to tax season.’

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
•    2011 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.

‘Our bank representatives will also be available 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 gives taxpayers the advantage of having refunds electronically deposited directly into their bank accounts, which is quicker and safer.’

About Ridgewood Savings Bank
Chartered in 1921 and having celebrated its 90th anniversary, Ridgewood Savings Bank ( 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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Located in Little Neck, Il Bacco Ristorante has been known as one of the landmarks of the area for the past 20 years.  Providing a traditional Italian cuisine, a welcoming atmosphere and excellent service is what makes Il Bacco Ristorante a extraordinary dining experience. The decor is cosmopolitan, yet romantic and inviting as well.

Please join us as we offer PIX 11 viewers the opportunity to experience all that Il Bacco Ristorante has to offer on Tuesday, February 12th from 12pm-2pm as we give away free samples of a few of our customers favorite dishes that include:

Crab Cakes -includes bread crumbs and fresh shredded vegetables broiled with light Dijon mustard sauce over baby green organic salad
Picchi Paccu – chopped plum tomatoes with olive oil, basil, garlic, and shaved pecorino cheese
Chicken Stuffed with Roasted Peppers – with bruschetta and fontina cheese
Our Famous Nutella Pizza – dessert pizza with chocolate, hazelnut & coconut
Cannolis – stuffed with ricotta cheese and pieces of chocolate

We look forward to seeing you at Il Bacco!

Il Bacco Ristorante
253-24 Northern Blvd.
Bet. Westmoreland St. & Little Neck Parkway
Little Neck, NY 11362