Free Tax Preparation Options and 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: Use an online program funded by United Way and developed by H&R Block. It’s free to filers with Adjusted Gross Incomes (AGI) of $64,000 or less.

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

For more information or to get started filing go to www.MyFreeTaxes.com

Would you like guided assistance using MyFreeTaxes and you live in Hillsborough County Florida?
Make an appointment at the Hillsborough County Extension Office. IRS certified volunteers will provide 1-1 assistance starting February 7, 2017. Returns can be e-filed or printed and mailed. You can even start your return here and finish up at home. For information about appointments visit our web site http://hillsborough.ifas.ufl.edu/#news5

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. These services will be available starting January 13. To find out more go to the IRS web site www.irs.gov  and click on the free file link.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Sites: IRS certified VITA volunteers will do the return for you. The income limit for these sites is generally $54,000, but some sites are flexible.Find a VITA site at https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers

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 60 or older. Their sites open in late January and early February. Information can be found at http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action

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 and is available at  https://www.irs.gov/uac/Interactive-Tax-Assistant-(ITA)-1