Tax is a complicated business. You need to make sure that you’re getting the tax help you need. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. There are plenty of free tax options available to help with a variety of issues.
Legal clinics are often organized by the law school of your local university. If you lack the funds to pay for real legal help with taxes, the university will do it for you. Some of them are free and some charge a small fee, but they are directly aimed at you.
Believe it or not, the IRS isn’t out to get you. They want everyone to be able to pay their taxes with minimal hassle. Call them up and they will be able to direct you to a range of IRS-sponsored help points you can get in touch with. Additionally, if you want to file your own taxes, you may qualify to file for free via IRS Free File.
Community-based Tax Preparation
The IRS pays to train volunteers who will help people in the community file their taxes correctly. There are income limits related to this, but that shouldn’t stop you from enquiring. Members of the armed forces are always eligible.
Software options like TaxACT and TurboTax have free variations people can use to file their taxes. The only taxes you can’t file for free with these programs are state taxes. For the basics, though, these are perfect for getting to grips with your taxes.
Now you have no excuse for not doing your taxes. There’s plenty of help out there for the inexperienced. See what they can offer you when tax season next comes around.
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