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Help! Taxes!

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Last year, the IRS pushed the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020, for 2019 returns.  So far, the April 15th deadline is in place this year for filing 2020 returns, but rumor has it that could change.  (The deadline for filing state taxes is May 1st.)

WHERE TO FIND FORMS

  • FEDERAL FORMS
  • call 1.800.TAX.FORM (1.800.829.3676) to have forms and instruction booklets mailed to you.
  • find and print out most federal tax forms (prior years, too!) at the IRS website.
  • if you know the tax form(s) you need, the library will print up to 10 pages for you curbside.  Call your RPL branch for more information.
  • United States post office locations are NOT stocking IRS forms this year.
  • STATE FORMS
  • call 804.367.8031 to have forms and instruction booklets mailed to you.
  • find and print out state forms at the Virginia Tax website.
  • if you know the tax form(s) you need, the library will print up to 10 pages for you curbside.  Call your RPL branch for more information.
  • pick up forms locally (call ahead for details).
  • WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FILE YOUR TAXES: 
  • If you have an AGI (adjusted gross income) of $72,000 or less, the IRS offers Free File.  You can prepare and file your federal individual tax return for free using tax-preparation-and-filing software and IRS Free File Partners.  If your AGI is above $72,000, you can still use FreeFile to prepare and file your return with no partner assistance, and with limited guidance.  You can also use FreeFile options for your Virginia return.
  • The AARP Foundation offers low- or no-contact appointments with a tax aide counselor.  You will need a valid email address to complete the interest form.
  • The United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg offers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for households with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $56,000 or less.  They offer virtual VITA, as well as access to various free software programs to allow individuals and families to file their taxes online.  They are also offering in-person drop off only services at various locations in the greater Richmond area, some by appointment only.

    • the locations in the city of Richmond are:
      Blackwell Recreation Center
      300 E. 15th St, Richmond, VA 23224
      Location Open: February 8th – April 7th
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
      Please note, this is a drop off service only. You may arrive on site at 2 p.m. to pick up an intake packet to complete. Further instruction will be provided on-site.

      CAPUP (Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People)
      1021 Oliver Hill Way, Richmond, VA 23219
      Location Open: February 11th – April 12th
      Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Saturday (2/13, 2/20, 3/13, 3/20, 4/10): 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      Appointment required. Please call (804) 788-0050 ext. 149

      Southwood Resource Center
      1742 Clarkson Rd, Apartment A, Richmond, VA 23224
      Location Open: February 9th – April 7th
      Tuesday & Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
      Appointment required. Please call (804) 464-8074

  • You can also check the IRS Tax Prep help site to search for VITA and TCE (Tax Counseling for the Elderly) locations.
  • H & R Block offers online and in-person filing options, including some no-cost options.
  • some Walmart stores have partnered with Jackson Hewitt tax services with options ranging from self-service kiosks, to in-store appointments with preparers.
  • My Free Taxes  is another option through the United Way, partnering with the Walmart Foundation and H&R Block.  They have options for filing returns yourself, or with assistance.
  • Tax Act through Liberty Tax Services offers some free federal filing with live chat assistance.  State returns can be filed for a fee.
  • Check out a copy of income tax help book, like J. K. Lasser’s Your Income Tax 2021

 

 

Meg Raymond

If I'm not librarianing, or chasing one of my plethora of dogs around the yard, I probably have my nose buried in a book. I like all kinds of books. Regency romances - love 'em. Gory police procedurals - yes, ma'am. Historical fiction - please, and thank you. Heavy "literary" titles - shhhh, I may not have actually finished some of those! Off-beat, warped, slightly askew books - oh, yes, indeedy. Violent supernatural fantasy - why not? Chick lit, hen lit, lad lit - yeah, yeah, yeah. What have you read? Need a suggestion, or ten? Get hand-crafted suggestions with The Bookologist

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