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Free Tax Preparation 2018

2-1-1-ACCEPTING CALLS TO SCHEDULE FREE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES FOR LOW-TO-MODERATE INCOME HOUSEHOLDS

(FINDLAY, OH. — January 27, 2019): Free tax preparation services for low-to-moderate income households in Hancock County will be available at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library beginning Monday, Feb. 4. Qualifying households must schedule an appointment by calling the 2-1-1 live information and referral service or by dialing 1-855-301-2231. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted.

The IRS sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program was implemented locally by a group of volunteers in a grassroots effort to help low-to-moderate income households prepare and file their taxes without incurring fees for services. VITA volunteers are certified by the IRS to prepare and file federal, state, local and school tax filing. To see a list of forms VITA’s are able to process click here.

The following is a list of items to bring to the tax preparation appointment.

  • A copy of your 2017 federal and state tax return
  • Any forms you received from the government insurance marketplace or employer sent associated with the Affordable Care Act Insurance (sometimes referred to as Obama Care)
  • Health Insurance Exemption Certificate, if received
  • Forms 1095-A, B and C, Health Coverage Statements
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse, and all dependents listed on your return
  • State-issued Photo Identification (Driver’s License or State ID card)
  • Correct birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
  • All wage/income forms for the tax year(s) (all W-2, 1099s, Social Security, Unemployment, Bank interest statements etc.)
  • Any additional forms of income such as lottery/gambling winnings, stock/bonds, prizes and awards, scholarships and fellowships
  • Any notices from the IRS or state tax office
  • Bank routing numbers and account numbers (only if wanting direct deposit)
  • Child Care Expenses for last year
  • Alimony — pay or receive: if alimony is paid or received bring proof of the amount. If alimony is paid, bring the name and the SSN of the recipient.
  • Tuition or student loans for the tax year: Bring your college tuition and student loan interest statements (1098 E, 1098 T) and receipts for any other qualified college expenses (this include only books and supplies)

Households earning less than $66,000 and capable of filing their own state and federal taxes online can do so by visiting MyFreeTaxes.com, the only free, national, online tax filing product offered by a nonprofit.

Some “free” tax preparation products only offer federal, not state filings or charge extra for anything beyond the most basic forms. MyFreeTaxes.com is completely free for individuals and families who qualify whether the filer has lived in multiple states, works freelance or earns investment income. MyFreeTaxes.com can be accessed by going to http://myfreetaxes.com.

This service is brought to you by United Way of Hancock County, VITA and the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

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