1/11/19: Despite the government shutdown, Federal tax refunds are being accepted and processed beginning January 28th.
More information is available here.
Free Tax Preparation
Need to file your taxes or have questions about tax credits?
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Households with income of $55,000 or less in 2018 file for free:
- File in person at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax sites throughout tax season (January - April)
- More information what to bring can be found here.
Do It Yourself Filing
Households with income of $66,000 or less in 2018, file free online at MyFreeTaxes.com
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC):
A refundable tax credit from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to boost incomes of low-wage, working families. Eligibility for EITC depends on several factors such as filing status, income level, the number of qualifying children in the household, and citizenship.
Learn more about eligibility or use the EITC calculator to estimate your credit.
Child Tax Credit
A federal tax credit worth up to $2,000 for each child under the age of 17 claimed on a tax return.
The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit
A federal tax credit to help families pay for childcare while they are working or looking for employment. Also available to families that must pay for the care of a spouse or adult dependent who is incapable of caring for themselves.
American Opportunity Tax Credit
A credit worth $2,500 per eligible student per year, to assist students and families with expenses incurred during the first four years of post-secondary education.
Lifetime Learning Credit
A credit worth up to $2,000 per eligible student per year, to help students pay for expenses such as tuition, books, and supplies during post-high school education.
Saver's Tax Credit
The "Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions", rewards employees who make contributions to a retirement plan or Individual Retirement Plan (IRA). This can be worth 10 to 50 percent of a maximum $2,000 contribution.
A state tax credit that provides Property/Rent/Heat credits for low-income seniors and disabled individuals.
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITINs) are issued by the IRS for individuals who aren't eligible for a social security number and need to file their taxes. All ITINs eventually expire and will need to be renewed.
ITINs that have not been used on a tax return for Tax Year 2015, Tax Year 2016 or Tax Year 2017 will expire December 31, 2018. Additionally, ITINs with middle digits of 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 (e.g. 9NN-73-NNNN) will also expire at the end of 2018.
Any ITIN that does not have a middle digit of 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81 or 82 was used on a tax return for Tax Year 2015, Tax Year 2016 or Tax Year 2017 will not expire.
Learn more about how to renew an ITIN by visiting the IRS.