It’s time to file your taxes, do you need help? Free Tax preparation is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program! The Logan County Good Samaritan is the local VITA site and offers several options for getting your taxes filed. IRS certified preparers can prepare and file your return while you wait or, new this year, through a drop off service. The limit for these free services is $54,000.
Also offered is the free self-file service where the computer, printer and internet access is provided and IRS certified preparers can answer most questions the taxpayer may have while filing their own taxes.
Those making below $62,000 may file their own return by visiting myfreetaxes.com with or without assistance.
The Assisted Self-filing option offers taxpayers the ability to prepare their return at home or in the Logan County Good Samaritan office. Should a taxpayer decide to file at home and later discover that they need assistance or just want someone certified to double check the return, they can save the return and then call the office for an appointment to complete the return with assistance.
“We are excited to be providing the drop off service again this year,” said Denise McDonald, Executive Director for Logan County Good Samaritan. “This allows us to increase the number of people we can assist while relieving stress on both the preparers and taxpayers.”
An Intake/Interview sheet is used for all returns prepared by VITA sites. These may be picked up at the Logan County Good Samaritan office or by visiting the website at www.logancountygoodsam.com and going to “Services Offered” then “Tax Preparation” and clicking on the link.
Whether volunteers file the tax return or the taxpayers file themselves, all taxpayers receive a copy of their return and an envelope to keep it and their records in.
All services are provided by appointment only so please call 270-726-9002 to schedule an appointment.
Logan County Good Samaritan provides many services to the community. They partner with other organizations and agencies to improve the lives of Logan Countians. The non-profit began partnering with BRABC and the IRS to provide free tax preparation through the VITA program. in 2008. BRABC’s mission is to help low to moderate income working families realize economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, tax preparation assistance, and asset building opportunities. In 2015, the Logan County Good Samaritan prepared 276 tax returns with the support of its dedicated volunteers. An additional 36 taxpayers were assisted in preparing and filing their own returns for free.
“We are very excited about the upcoming tax season,” said McDonald.
Logan County Good Samaritan is totally funded by donations. All donations are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.