Yes, it’s that time of year again – tax time. We’ve had some delays on the government’s end. You won’t be able to file early in January (if that was your plan). That’s tough luck if you were hoping to get your refund right away. But, it could have been worse. We may have had to wait until late March.
The delay is caused by last minute tax changes. Forms have to be adjusted before your tax preparer can submit your taxes. The earliest you can file electronically this year is January 30th. And, you may have to wait until late February or early March if you’re claiming credits related to energy, property or business,
In the meantime, you can get your taxes prepared.
Don’t delay things on your end just because you can’t file. You don’t want to wait until the last minute then realize you can’t find the all important paperwork to back up your tax return.
You may be able to get your taxes prepared for free AND from a reputable source.
There’s help if you’re a senior or have a low to moderate income.
Go to www.IRS.gov to find information on the VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), the TCE Program and AARP Tax-Aide.
There you can learn
- If you qualify for the program
- What to do bring to the meeting
- Locations near you
You don’t have to be afraid to use these services. The tax preparers at these programs are certified volunteers who work under a qualified supervisor. The location near me is at the local community college and is supervised by a CPA and Chair of the Accounting Department.
Each location will have different hours, so check before you make the trip. Some will take appointments and some are walk-in only.
If you qualify, you may save yourself a few hundred dollars. You’ll get the work done at no cost to yourself and a trained preparer can catch details that might net you a bigger return.
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