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Free Tax Preparation Resources

The IRS has confirmed that it will begin processing 2018 tax returns on Jan 28, 2019 and they plan to provide refunds as scheduled.
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 . Yes they have an interesting web site design, but it really is a legitimate web site. Once you click the “Get Started” link it goes to an area with a more conventional look.

This H&R Block software is very robust. It can handle many types of income including wages, self-employment, dividends, capital gains, pensions, Social Security, and more. The program also helps you get all the appropriate deductions and credits to which you are entitled.

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 2017 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 2, 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/

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