February 24, 2016
With the April 15th tax deadline just around the corner, there are several resources available to help make this year’s filing process easier than ever. Take a look at the IRS Resources below, which includes helpful tips for filing your tax return and a link to software that may help you file your taxes for free.
- Tax Tips for 2016 – Find tips to make your filing process as easy as possible. For information in Spanish click here.
- 1040 Central – This clearinghouse provides you with information to file your 1040 quickly and easily.
- Free File – If you earned $62,000 or less last year, you may be eligible for free brand-name tax software to file your taxes. To find out if you are eligible or to browse the list of software, click here.
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) – The VITA Program offers free tax help for those with low- to moderate-income. The military also has a strong VITA program, administered by the Armed Forces Tax Council. To find a VITA location near you, click here.
- Tax Counseling for the Elderly - The TCE Program provides free tax help to people aged 60 and older. For more information on TCE, call 1-800-906-9887.
- Track Your Refund – Where’s My Refund is an online tool that allows you to track your refund.
In addition, thousands of eligible Marion County taxpayers have not taken full advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program, which boosts eligible taxpayers’ refunds by an average of $2,350 in Indiana. In recent years, as much as $70 million in potential tax refunds have been left on the table by area taxpayers.
The IRS has made an online EITC Assistant tool, located at www.irs.gov/eitc, available to those seeking to quickly and easily determine their eligibility. The Earned Income Tax Credit is too important for people to overlook, and everyone who is eligible should claim it. Hoosiers shouldn’t pay more than they owe, and every citizen in the Seventh District should receive every penny they deserve in refunds.
For further assistance with filing your taxes, you can visit IRS.gov or call 1-800-829-1040. Please feel free to forward this information to your family and friends and if I can ever be of any help please don’t hesitate to contact my office. As always, you can stay in touch with me by “Liking” my Facebook page or following me on Twitter.