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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) began accepting tax returns on January 31 — the 2014 tax season has officially begun.

 

It’s a season of heartache and headache for many people. And the process can become only more painful if you delay filing your taxes until the last minute.

 

So do you qualify for FREE tax preparation services? If you made $58,000 or less in 2013, you just may!

 

Indy Free Tax Prep wants to help prepare your taxes. Indy Free Tax Prep is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) IRS program. In 2013, more than 6,000 tax returns were prepared for Indianapolis residents at no cost through this effort, resulting in more than $7.2M in tax refunds.

 

In order to qualify for free tax prep services, you must be able to provide all of the following information:

  • Valid picture ID
  • Social Security cards or ITIN cards for all persons on return
  • Copy of last year’s tax return (not required, but helpful)
  • W-2 forms for all employment during 2013
  • Interest and dividend statements
  • All 1099 forms received, including 1099 SSA from the Social Security Administration and unemployment statements
  • Education expense receipts and 1098 form
  • Child care receipts, along with provider’s address and Social Security number/employer identification number
  • Real estate property tax receipts
  • Landlord name and address
  • Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit

 

Taxpayers receive 100% of their refunds with no fees or interest charged.

 

Since 2009, Coles Marketing has been helping to promote the VITA program in Indianapolis. For more information, visit IndyFREETaxPrep.com.

 

Find a site near you by calling 2-1-1 or checking the website. Also, “like” the Indy Free Tax Prep Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indy-Free-Tax-Prep/568872853205588 and “follow” on Twitter at https://twitter.com/indyfreetaxprep.

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Tax Prep Volunteers Needed!

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Interested in helping others get the tools they need to become financially fit?

 

Mayor Greg Ballard will join Indianapolis First Lady Winnie Ballard and representatives from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Indy’s Campaign for Financial Fitness (ICFF), United Way of Central Indiana and members of the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition to issue a call for volunteers for the Indy Free Tax Prep program tomorrow at the City Market.

 

Indy Free Tax Prep is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) IRS program. In 2013, more than 6,000 tax returns were prepared for Indianapolis residents at no cost through this effort, resulting in more than $7.2M in tax refunds.

 

Volunteer tax preparers, greeters, schedulers and screeners are needed. Attendees will learn how to sign up as a volunteer and how to access any necessary training. For more information, visit www.indyfreetaxprep.com.

 

Since 2009, Coles Marketing has been helping to promote the VITA program in Indianapolis. The VITA program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities.

 

And now they’re putting out the call for new volunteers! You don’t have to be a tax expert to volunteer — they’ll provide you with the training you need to make a difference in someone’s life.

 

Want to join the cause? Come to a volunteer drive at the Indianapolis City Market Platform at the corner of Market and Delaware Streets on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. And click here to register as a volunteer!

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Tax time again? Don’t get scammed!

The good news: The official due date for filing individual federal tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service is Monday, April 18 instead of Friday, April 15 due to the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C.

The bad news: The scammers are out there! If you’re planning on using a tax service to prepare your return this year, be prepared.

Bill Thomas, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana, spoke with Ed Wenck on WIBC radio about what to watch out for when it comes to tax refund scams. Click the below link to listen in!

Bill Thomas of the BBB Offers Tax Advice on 93 WIBC

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