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Free Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing

2015 Tax Site Info – English    2015 Tax Site Info – Spanish

Two Free Tax Preparation Options Available to Those Who Are Eligible

 

  1. 1.  Free Online Tax Return Preparation and E-File Program (myfreetaxes.com)
    2.  Free Tax Preparation and E-file at Tempe’s VITA Tax Site

Each tax season, Arizona families miss out on millions of dollars in tax refunds because they are unaware of programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal income tax credit eligible to low-income working individuals and families. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is designed to change this by providing families with the knowledge and guidance to lessen their financial burden. TCC’s Tempe Financial Stability Initiative works in collaboration with Landings Credit Union (formerly Tempe Schools Credit Union), Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business and the Internal Revenue Service to operate a VITA program in our area.

You may qualify for free tax preparation and e-file services. Have your federal tax return prepared, e-filed and direct deposited for FREE. Save hundreds of dolllars in paying for a tax preparation service. Our trained and certified volunteers will prepare your taxes and ensure you get the largest refund for which you qualify. Also available, is the option to file your own taxes using a free online tax program for those who qualify.

Did you earn less than $60,000 (single or combined) last year?

You can prepare your own taxes from home and e-filed for FREE using myfreetaxes.com.  Please note:  If your combined income is over $60,000 you can still use this site to file your taxes; however, the option to pay a reduced service fee will be indicated before filing.  View myfreetaxes.com navigation manual.

Did you earn less than $53,000 (single or combined) last year OR are a senior age 65+ or person with a disability?

Let us prepare your taxes for you.   Read the frequently asked questions below and print the 2015 Free Tax Preparation flyer so you are prepared on what to bring, where to go and dates and times the site is open.

Frequently Asked Questions


Where is the FREE tax preparation site located?
When is the FREE tax preperation site open?
Who is eligible for FREE tax preparation services?
What do you need to bring with you?
What types of tax returns are prepared?
How can I have a chance to win $25,000 if I save $50?
Can a volunteer at the site help me apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?
Is there anything NEW I have to bring as part of the Health Care Law and my tax return?
Can I be screened for benefits such as Food Stamps at the site?
Am I eligible for any federal tax credits?
Are there special requirements for self-employed taxpayers?
Are there other VITA sites outside of Tempe that offer free tax preparation sites?

 

Where is the FREE tax preparation site located?

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Landings Credit Union
2800 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ
(located between Broadway & Southern on the west side of Mill, entrance behind building)
Map to tax site.

When is the FREE tax preparation site open?

Saturdays        9 am-Noon   January 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 21, 28 (Closed March 7 & 14 – Spring Break) April 4, 11
Wednesdays   5 pm-7 pm    February 4, 11, 18, 25

NOTE:  The line starts to form 1–2 hours before the opening time listed. There is a cap on the number of tax returns which can be completed for each session.  In February, this cap is generally reached BEFORE the listed opening time.  It is very important to bring all necessary documentation to ensure a timely filing.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for free tax preparation if you meet one of these requirements:

• Low-to-moderate income taxpayers making under $53,000 in 2014
• Seniors (65 and older)
• People with disabilities

Eligibility is subject to complexity of the tax return. Tax preparation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  NOTE:  The line starts to form 1–2 hours before the opening time listed.  There is a cap on the number of tax returns which can be completed for each session. In February, this cap is often reached BEFORE the listed opening time. It is very important to bring all necessary documentation to ensure a timely filing.

What do you need to bring with you?

Complete List of What to Bring>>

What types of tax returns are prepared?

Federal and Arizona State such as Forms 1040 and 1040EZ and related schedules such as A, B & C-EZ

Past year federal tax returns such as Forms 1040 and 1040EZ and related schedules such as A, B & C-EZ for 2013, 2012 and 2011

How can I have a chance to win $25,000 if I save $50?

The IRS has made it easy to save some of your federal tax refund by allowing you to split your tax refund among three accounts, such as a checking, savings and a U.S. Savings Bond. Plan to bring your checking and savings account numbers and the name of your financial institution with you when you get your taxes done.

The Tempe VITA site is participating in the national www.SaveYourRefund.com promotion where you will have a chance to win a $100 weekly prize or the $25,000 grand prize by saving at least $50 of your federal tax refund during the tax preparation process. You can choose your savings account, a US Series I Savings Bond or your IRA. You must bring your savings account/IRA account number and financial institution routing numbers. VITA volunteers will answer your questions and help you enter the promotion.

Can a volunteer at the site help me apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)?

Taxpayers served at this VITA site will have trained volunteers to assist them in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after their return is completed.

Is there anything NEW I have to bring as part of the Health Care Law and my tax return?

Those taxpayers who participate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Healthcare will need to bring Form 1095 A, B or C (ACA statement) or other health insurance verification.  For more info visit the IRS webpage on Health Care Law & Your Return and Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions for Individuals and Families

Can I be screened for benefits such as Food Stamps at the site?

Yes, it is an easy process. You need not lose your place in line for tax preparation.

Am I eligible for any federal tax credits?

Click the links below to learn about the four common tax credits (and the new credit related to the Affordable Care Act) and eligibility requirements.

Earned Income Tax Credit
Child Care Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
Education Tax Credit
Premium Tax Credit

Are there special requirements for self-employed taxpayers?

Yes, please review the special requirements for self-employed taxpayers before coming to the Free Tax Prep site. You may NOT be eligible to receive free tax preparation at this and other Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.
Click Here to Learn More

Are there other VITA sites outside of Tempe that offer free tax preparation services?

• Mesa United Way  map
• West Valley
• City of Chandler
• City of Phoenix
• AARP

BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
  Maricopa County VITA Network – a partnership between Valley of the Sun United Way, AARP Tax-Aide, City of Phoenix, City of Chandler, Mesa United Way, and Tempe Community Council.


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