With the April 18th tax filing deadline right around the corner, you may be looking for assistance in preparing your forms for a reasonable fee or even free! There are places in Spartanburg County, South Carolina where you can find this type of help. Following are some of the tax assistance programs available if you live in or near Spartanburg, SC.
AARP Tax-Aide Program
This AARP will be offering free tax assistance and tax form preparation through April 18th at the C.C. Woodson Community Center at 210 Bomar Avenue in Spartanburg, SC. The AARP Tax-Aide Program is available to everyone, especially taxpayers with low and moderate income and for people aged 60 and over. To take advantage of this free help, call the United Way at 864.582.2975 to schedule an appointment.
VITA: IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
The Vita program trains Certified Volunteers to prepare basic income tax forms for people having ($49,000 and below) incomes. VITA locations are usually located in malls, schools and libraries. You will also have the opportunity to file your returns electronically in most of the VITA locations. To find the VITA site closest to you click here or call 1.800.906.9887.
IRS- Sponsored TCE Program for the Elderly
Tax preparation can be stressful and complicated for the elderly, but there is free tax help for seniors from the IRS-sponsored “Tax Counseling for the Elderly” program. The IRS partners with AARP to provide tax counseling and basic tax preparation for seniors 60 and older by trained and certified volunteers. There are approximately 7000 of these sites. To find an AARP tax assistance location near you call 1-888-227-7669 or click here.
AFTC: Armed Forces Tax Council
The AFTC is also a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) that provides trained volunteers to all branches of the military worldwide within their installations. The volunteers trained for this program are equipped to handle military specific tax issues including combat zone tax benefits as well as the new ETC or Earned Income Tax Credit.
Items you will need to take with you when you go to have tax return prepared
Social Security cards for yourself, spouse, and any dependents you can claim on your return
Proof of Identification (ex. Driver’s license, birth certificate, etc…)
A copy of your last year returns for federal and state if possible
All Wage and earning statements (W-2’s, 1099- R’s, W-2G’s)
Birth dates for you, spouse, and all dependents
Interest and dividend statements from banks (1099’s)
Bank routing and account number for Direct Deposit
Total you paid for child daycare and the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Tax Identification Number
If filing a joint return, both spouses must be present to sign the returns
Proof of charitable contributions, out of pocket medical expenses, or any other materials you feel would impact your tax return
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