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2018 Free Tax Prep Options & Resources

There are a variety of options and resources to make completing your tax return easy and inexpensive. Check these options out and spread the word.

MyFreeTaxes: Online tax preparation software funded by United Way and developed by H&R Block. It’s free to filers with Adjusted Gross Incomes (AGI) of $66,000 or less. For more information or to get started filing go to www.MyFreeTaxes.com

AGI does not include money contributed to tax deductible retirement plans or certain other adjustments. Last tax season’s AGI can be found on line 37 of your 2016 Form 1040 tax return.

Would you like guided assistance using MyFreeTaxes software? Make an appointment at the Hillsborough County Extension office in Seffner, FL. IRS certified volunteers will provide 1-1 assistance starting February 6, 2018. Returns can be e-filed or printed and mailed. You can even start your return here and finish up at home.  To make an appointment contact Denise at (813) 744-5519 ext.54141

Free File: In addition to H&R Block, many tax preparation vendors will be partnering with the IRS to provide free online tax preparation programs. Tax filing is free for to filers with Adjusted Gross Incomes (AGI) of $66,000 or less. You can link to the software and find additional information at https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site: IRS certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance preparers can do the return for you. The income limit for these sites is generally $66,000. To find a site near you go to https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide:  AARP will also have free tax sites throughout the community. Their target audience is low-moderate income residents and they especially want to help folks age 50 or older. However, sites do not set strict age or income guidelines. Find a Tax-Aide Location at https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/

IRS Interactive Assistant: This tool is available at the IRS website. It provides customized answers to your questions about dependents, deductions, credits, filing status & much more. It’s available at https://www.irs.gov/help/ita