It’s tax season and hiring someone to prepare your taxes, can be expensive in itself. If you qualify, you maby be able to receive help preparing your taxes for FREE. Here are some programs to investigate.
- The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for those who make $54,000 a year or less and need assistance filing their return. Simply use the handy VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887 to find the site closest to you. This program is usually offered at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other public locations.
- The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is geared toward those 60 and older who have questions or need help filing their returns. Volunteers, usually through nonprofit groups, offer their time at 5,000 locations nationwide via a grant from the IRS. To locate the nearest Tax-Aide site, use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-OUR-AARP.
- The Minnesota Department of Revenue will offer Free Tax Preparation Sites beginning February 1 for those individuals that meet one of the following criteria: are 60 or older, disabled, speak limited or no English or have an income $54,000 or less.
- The Prepare and Prosper Organization will offer Free tax preparation services at 8 locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington and Hopkins starting January 23. Use its Clinic Finder to find a location nearest you. Eligibility is determined by income. Individuals must make $35,000 or less, families must make $55,000 or less.
- The Volunteer Tax Assistance Program (VTAP) prepares tax returns free of charge to University of Minnesota students as well as community members. All clients must have adjusted gross income of less than $60,000. Click here to schedule your appointment, with appointments starting February 1.
If you interested in online help, check out LOTC’s article about Free and Low Cost Ways to File Your Taxes Online that lists the free and low cost online tax services available.