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February 10, 2020

Dear Friends:

The 2020 tax season is upon us. Some of you may have the option to eliminate tax season anxiety and have your tax return prepared for FREE.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.

ImageVITA and TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country. To locate the nearest VITA or TCE site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887.

Alternatively, IRS Free File is a program that provides tax preparation software from the IRS. Taxpayers who made $69,000 or less in 2019 can access the industry’s top tax preparation software, as well as a comprehensive suite of online tax forms. Participating taxpayers can also have their tax refunds direct-deposited in 21 days. If you decide to opt-in for a physical check, taxpayers can expect their refund to arrive in 4-6 weeks.

Additionally, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is aimed at helping working Americans and low- to moderate-income parents. A tax credit is a dollar reduction in your tax owed for every dollar of credit. With the EITC, however, it is even possible to owe no income tax yet still qualify for the credit. VITA preparers and the TCE site will check your return for eligibility for the credit. Depending upon your income and a few other factors, the maximum EITC can range from $529 to $6,557. Check out the details of the EITC at the IRS website and keep the EITC in mind as you prepare your return or have someone prepare it for you. 

All the best,

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