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January 31, 2019
Free Tax Preparation Assistance
See if You Qualify
by Sarah Cousineau

Certified volunteers, sponsored by various organizations, receive training to help prepare and electronically file basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA sites are located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, and other convenient locations. Besides the 12 locations that Connecting for Good operates, there are also 5 local libraries that are free tax preparation sites as well. You can find the VITA locations flyer (English and Spanish) for the twelve Connecting for Good locations here, as well as hours and ways to set an appointment. You can also call 2-1-1 for help. You can also access all of this information on the Connecting for Good website here. Make sure and ask your tax preparer about the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). 

What to Bring

  • A Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer Identification # (ITIN) for each family member
  • Valid picture ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, matrícula consular, etc.) for all taxpayers
  • W-2 forms for all jobs worked
  • All 1099 forms for other income, if any
  • Child care provider name, address, and tax ID
  • Any other tax-related documents received
  • Form 1098 or other education-related documents
  • Bank account information for direct deposit
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if available)
  • All adults on return need to be present to sign.
  • 1095-A form from the health insurance marketplace if applicable)

Do it Yourself

Want to prepare your federal and state returns for free yourself online? If your total income (including your spouse’s income, if applicable) is less than $66,000, you qualify. Go to www.myfreetaxes.com to get started!

(information and photos for this article came from the Connecting for Good website)


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