Free Tax Help Now Available in Emery and Carbon Counties

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The “Earn It, Keep It, Save It” coalition, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and the Internal Revenue Service are offering free tax preparation to Emery and Carbon County residents for both federal and Utah State Tax Commission tax returns to be electronically filed.

 

Community tax volunteers will be checking to see if area residents are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC.  The EITC is for Utahns who work but don’t make a lot of money.  In 2015, if you made $53,505 or less, you may qualify for this refundable credit.  Refundable means even if you didn’t have any federal income tax withheld on wages earned, you could still get a refund.  The EITC refund could be as much as $6,269 for a married couple with three or more children.  So, don’t guess, find out if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

 

Free tax help is available for those who have low to moderate income ($54,000 or less); seniors; the disabled or those who have English as a second language.  Local volunteers have been certified through the IRS VITA program to prepare basic tax returns, provide information on the Earned Income Tax Credit and other credits, deductions and allowable expenses that taxpayers may be eligible for and electronically file both federal and state tax returns at no charge. This site is not able to provide help with business tax returns or complex individual income tax returns.

   

Free tax help is available in Price, Utah at:

 

Utah State University Eastern

451 E., 400 North, Reeves Building, Room 130, Price

Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Appointments are preferred, please call 2-1-1

The site is open from 2/1 through 4/14/2016 

The site will be closed on Presidents Day, 2/15 and spring break, 3/7 – 3/11/16

 

Emery and Carbon County residents need to bring: photo identification for themselves (and their spouses); Social Security Numbers (SSN’s) or Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN’s) for each person listed on the tax return; all wage and earnings statements (Forms W-2); interest, dividend or miscellaneous income and/or mortgage interest paid statements (Forms 1099 or 1098); if applicable, the Form 1095-A, Health Insurance Marketplace Statement; proof of health insurance; amounts paid for day care and the day care provider’s identifying number (SSN or EIN); a copy of last year’s tax return (if you have it) and any other information concerning income and expenses for 2015.  If filing jointly, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

 

 

Consider using direct deposit if you are getting a tax refund.  With direct deposit, the IRS could issue your federal tax refund in 21 days or less.  You will need to bring bank account and routing identification numbers for direct deposit.

To find other free tax help sites in Utah or across the county, go to IRS.gov and key in “volunteer sites” in the search bar.  For questions about free tax help being offered to Emery and Carbon County residents, please contact Community Services Program Manager, Geri Gamber, at 435-637-5444.

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