Updated: 7:49 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 | Posted: 7:48 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012
By Ria Megnin
Where to find free tax assistance
Online information and assistance: www.irs.gov
Internal Revenue Service telephone assistance: Call (800) 829-1040, press 1, then 5.
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Free basic income-tax return help by IRS-certified volunteers at community centers for people annually earning $50,000 or less. Call (800) 906-9887.
AARP’s Tax-Aide services: IRS-certified volunteer help with taxes for anyone, but geared toward and priority given to people aged 60 and older. Call (888) 227-7669, or go online to www.aarp.org/money/taxaide.
Military One Source: Filing service for members of the military. Call (800) 342-9647.
Have these ready
Social Security card, individual taxpayer ID letter or proof of foreign status for self, spouse, dependents
Birth dates for you, spouse, dependents
Wage and earning statements from all employers (W-2 and 1099 forms)
Interest and dividend statements (1099 forms)
Total paid to child-care providers, health expenses, etc.
Copies of previous year’s federal and state returns
Proof of routing and account numbers for direct deposit, i.e. a blank check