US Income Taxes-Free Income Tax Preparation Available

I didn't want to piggyback on MXMOM 's awesome post on tax assistance, so here is the US version of tax preparation assistance available. The IRS has a program called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and certifies nonprofit organizations to be able to file returns for qualifying individuals. The qualifications are fairly broad and generally if you have been able to qualify for Turbo Tax or H&R block free file in the past, you probably qualify for VITA. And VITA programs, at least the one I am a part of, will even go so far as doing simple business forms (Sch. C-EZ) and itemizing deductions for you.

I have been a tax preparer through my local VITA program for years and it really is an amazing program. Your return is still efiled and refunds come at the exact same speed than if you went to any other preparer. And the preparers are all trained across various levels and your information is screened prior to being assigned a preparer to ensure that your taxes are being done by someone who meets your needs.

Also, please stay away from refund anticipation loan products. They are so predatory and refunds do tend to come extremely fast if you have a bank account set up and receive your refund through direct deposit. The interest and fees that you get charged for these loan products are outrageous for a very small boost in timing.

Check the link above to find if you have a VITA location near you and see if you can make an appointment. Slots go fast during a normal year, so plan ahead if you can!

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