Tax Preparation Assistance

Last updated 10/1/2021

Filing taxes can feel overwhelming, but there are resources to help make sure that you file correctly and claim all the credits/refunds that you deserve. 

How can I file taxes for free? 

There are several tools to help you file taxes for free: 

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
IRS trained and certified volunteers provide free income and tax assistance to families with a household income of $60,000 or less. CLICK HERE to find a VITA site near you.
IRS Free File
IRS Free File is a program that connects lower income taxpayers to free tax preparation services provided by private companies.
United Way partners with H&R Block to offer free federal and state tax preparation for households with a simple return. CLICK HERE to learn more.
GetYourRefund partners with VITA sites to offer online tax preparation assistance for those earning $66,000 or less per year. (also available in Spanish)

Am I eligible for free tax preparation assistance? 

Eligibility varies depending on the program and the type of tax return you are filing. Click on the programs above to learn more. 

Why is it important to get help with tax preparation? 

If you are eligible, it’s important to get help from an IRS-trained and certified volunteer so you can make sure your household claims all available tax credits. 

Even if you don’t normally file taxes, doing so in 2021 might have some benefits. In addition to potentially claiming the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit, you could also receive all three stimulus checks. 

Need more information? 

Call 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with an NC 211 call specialist.

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