How To Find A Free Tax Preparation Location!

tax-prepIt’s the time of the year where people are filing their taxes. Some people use TurboTax while others spend money and get H&R Block to do the work. What if I told you that there are people that will file your taxes for free? Keep reading to figure out how.

For the last five years, I’ve used different VITA locations to get my taxes filed. VITA stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. I haven’t had any problems with them. You have to make less than $52,000 to get assistance, though. Hopefully next year they won’t be able to help me then 🙂

The 1st thing that you need to do is to go to the IRS website. You will see a box that says file your tax return. Click that box. You would then click the box to your left that says, individuals.

Here is a screenshot of what your page should look like after you click on individuals.

tax1Then you would click on “Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers” which is highlighted above.

The next page has information on items to bring.

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Click the link that says “Find a VITA Site Near You.”

Here is a screenshot of the next page below.

tax3You then click on continue to get to the final page.  This page has an area for you to put your zip code in. It then shows you locations that are within a certain amount of miles.

tax4You should see different places that you can go to get your taxes done. It will have the dates and the hours that they will be filing. To be 100% sure, you can also call the location to check availability. As I stated earlier, this place is perfect if you make under $52,000. If you have a to file a lot of 1099 forms or have a lot of things that you are trying to write off, I wouldn’t go to one of the VITA locations. I would check with a professional.

Have you ever used a free tax preparation or VITA site before? Do you usually file your taxes yourself?

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  1. Good post Jason . In Canada they just take all our money then send us an allowance !Seen on a T-Shirt “Government doesn’t work. Please return my Taxes !”
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  2. That’s a fantastic resource for people with a low income . I will be sure to make a note and pass it on. Thanks so much for the detailed post.
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  3. What fantastic information Jason! I had no idea…and great detail in showing us the exact “how to”. I’m really impressed…………hope next year you don’t need it too 🙂
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  4. I had no idea that this kind of tax preparation help was available. Even though I wouldn’t qualify, I do know others who could benefit from this info. I will be forwarding this information on the them. 🙂
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  5. Jason, this is very helpful information. We went from doing our own tax returns to needing an accountant when I started my own business. The U.S. Tax Code is definitely overly complex. When I was in law school and took a course in income taxation, just for that course I had to lug around 3 volumes of regulations and another book containing the statute itself. I called my book bag, “the tax burden”. Here’s hoping you won’t qualify for VITA’s services next year 🙂
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  6. This is so, so helpful, Jason. Thank you for posting this. As an educator, I need to save pennies everywhere I can!
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  7. Jason- Thank you for the information. I pay alot because I have a business to my accountant. My mother-in-law just died and her income would qualify for VITA. I didn’t want to pay my accountant’s prices. We have to file for her even though she is dead. You made my day.

  8. Steve

    It’s a nice deal but I cannot get under the income requirement. I guess they figure you can pay H&R Block if you make more.

  9. I am glad that I found this eye opener information. It’s a big help for some of self-employed.
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