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Community Action Partnership of Utah, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Internal Revenue Service are offering free tax preparation to Utah residents for both federal and Utah State Tax Commission returns to be electronically filed.
An important item community tax volunteers will be checking to see if area residents are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC. The EITC is for Utahns who work but don’t make a lot of money. In 2015, if you made $53,505 or less, you may qualify for this refundable credit. Refundable means even if you didn’t have any federal income tax withheld on wages earned, you could still get a refund. The EITC could be worth as much as $6,444 for a married couple with three or more children. So, don’t guess, find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Free tax help is available until April 17th for those who have low to moderate income ($55,000 or less); seniors; the disabled or those who have English as a second language. Local volunteers have been certified through the IRS VITA program to prepare basic tax returns, provide information on credits, deductions and allowable expenses that taxpayers may be eligible for and electronically file both federal and state tax returns at no charge. These sites are not able to provide help with business tax returns or complex individual income tax returns. Free tax help sites are conveniently located in community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other near-by locations.
Utahns need to bring with them the following items when seeking free tax help: photo identification for themselves (and their spouses); Social Security Numbers (SSNs) or Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) for each person listed on the tax return; all wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2); interest, dividend or miscellaneous income and/or mortgage interest paid statements (Forms 1099 or 1098); if applicable, the Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement; proof of health insurance; amounts paid for day care and the day care provider’s identifying number (SSN or EIN); a copy of last year’s tax return (if you have it); a bank account and routing identification number if you are using direct deposit; and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2017. If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.
If you have any questions please contact Jordan Barrett at (801) 771-4642 X 104. For additional information, go to www.utahtaxhelp.org or call 2-1- 1. For more free tax help locations across Utah and free tax help information, go to
IRS.gov and key in “free tax help” in the search bar.