Tax Day is almost here! Have you been putting your taxes off? Don’t worry – you definitely aren’t alone. Make sure your returns are filed on time by enlisting a bit of help. Check out this handy list of places where you can get last-minute tax prep help, often for free!
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA program)
If you make less than $54,000 annually, if you have a disability, or if you speak limited English, you are eligible to get free tax help from the VITA program. VITA volunteers will help you complete your return and file it electronically. Use the VITA locator tool to locate a help center near you.
Free File Software
If your annual income was less than $64,000, you are eligible for Free File from the IRS. The IRS has partnered with several tax preparation software companies, like TurboTax and TaxAct, to provide you with free options. To see which software you’re eligible for, simply fill out this questionnaire! Make sure to read the descriptions for each product – some offer completely free federal returns, but may charge a fee for your state return.
The United Way and H&R Block came together to sponsor MyFreeTaxes.com, a website that can help you with your return for free. The website has live customer support and will allow you to file your taxes safely and securely via their website. Keep in mind, this site is free for anyone who made less than $64,000 and fees may apply to anyone who earned above that.
Get help straight from the IRS
If you have specific questions about your return, don’t underestimate the information you can get straight from the IRS website. Their tax filing page has organized information that will help you get started, and resources that can help answer your questions as you work through your return. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can call the IRS to speak directly with a representative. Get the phone number and tips for preparing for your call here.
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