File Your Taxes for FREE

Khadija Bingham

Saturday, January 16, 2016

As we strive to make 2016 our best year yet, let’s start off by saving a little bit of money!

Tax season has officially started and you can now file to get a refund (hopefully you’re getting a refund)! Save yourself a few dollars and get them prepared for free, or prepare them yourselves!

I know that doing your own taxes can sound scary, but trust me it’s not! There are systems out there that guide you step-by-step and it makes the process very easy. Challenge yourself and you will see just how gratifying it is!

Please find some free resources below:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA):

VITA is a program that is funded by the IRS, where volunteers prepare tax returns for low-income families. I was once a tax preparer for VITA and I loved the experience!

The VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

Please click here to find a VITA site near you!

Free File:

These Free File sources are for families who make $62,000 per year or less. There are a few different providers (such as H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt etc.) that will allow you to use their step-by-step system to prepare your returns, but you must access them through the website that I provide. If you make more than $62,000 per year, you can obviously still use these systems it just won’t be free.

Each provider has different criteria to use their systems (income level, military status ect.) and only some of them will do the state return for free. All of that information is listed out for you, and you can choose which system is best for you.

Please click here to find a list of Free File resources, as well as their criteria!


Now that you are aware of these free resources, you should be good to go once you have all of your W-2’s!

I hope this helps someone, and please share this post with anyone that you think could benefit!