Tuesday, December 21, 2010

IRS Tax Package Mailings

The IRS will no longer mail income tax packages or booklets which contained forms and instructions for filing federal taxes to individual tax payers and business tax payers. Here are some alternatives:

1. If you make less than $49,000 a year you can use the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and get your taxes prepared for free or you may be eligible to use free electronic filing. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-906-9887 and most locations offer free electronic filing.

2. If you are 60 or older you can get free tax advice and tax preparation through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (T.C.E.) program offered by the IRS. AARP also offers tax preparation and advice. For more information on TCE, call 1-800-829-1040. For more information on AARP tax preparation, call 1-888-227-7669 or visit AARP’s website aarp.org.

3. Military personnel can also receive free tax advice and preparation at their installations and can file their taxes electronically.

To participate in the free tax preparation programs you have to bring required documentation.

• Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R from all employers
• Proof of identification
• Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a SSN verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
• Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
• Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
• Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
• A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
• Bank routing numbers and account numbers if you choose Direct Deposit
• Total paid for daycare providers and the daycare provider's tax SSN or EIN

The IRS Free File program provides free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing for taxpayers who make $57,000 or less a year. The program also provides free fillable federal tax forms for 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms as well as tax schedules and instructions. You may also be eligible for free electronic filing.


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