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3/16/2020: VITA FREE TAX PREP SERVICE IN CUYAHOGA COUNTY SUSPENDED:
A message from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition: Things are evolving quickly and based upon current events and mandates from the Governor of Ohio and Mayor of Cleveland, we’ve made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend the VITA program effective immediately and resume operations as soon as it is deemed safe and responsible.
This was not a decision made lightly, but made with support from site coordinators, volunteers, and stakeholders alike. Because we are required to follow certain IRS procedures when completing a tax return, it is not possible to do that in a way that does not require direct client contact and therefore believe that the only alternative is to put a temporary hold on providing free tax preparation. We are encouraging those that can, to use the free online tax preparation software – myfreetaxes.com
These sites can file for a variety of tax credits; returns are prepared by volunteers who are IRS trained and certified. Starting December 18th, 2019, you can make an appointment online: www.refundohio.org or phone 2-1-1 (you will be given a series of prompts to help you find a site that meets your needs).
Income at approximately $60,000 or less. Cannot file for the following: rental income, foreclosures, business losses, or for any small business issuing 1099 to their employees
The AARP also provides free federal and state tax preparation assistance by IRS trained volunteers. Call the AARP Tax Aid Line to find the nearest location: 888-227-7669 or use their website www.aarp.org/taxaide
Call the IRS Refund Hotline: 800-829-1954 or check online: www.irs.gov/refund
For general information about federal taxes and forms, call the IRS Customer Service Line: 800-829-1040. The IRS website also has forms and information on a variety of tax topics: www.irs.gov
Contact The Ohio Department of Taxation
Most likely, one of the following two agencies handles local tax services for your city. You can call them or see their website for information:
Some sites will provide free federal and state tax preparation assistance - but will need to contacted directly (or they may offer walk-in service). Information on these sites will be posted as the tax season progresses.