Free Tax Preparation

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MakingChange hosts Howard County’s free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site at the Multi-Service Center located at 9900 Washington Boulevard (Route 1), Laurel, MD 20723.

VITA offers free tax preparation assistance to most individual taxpayers who earn less than $53,000 and to small sole proprietor businesses with claimed deductions less than $10,000. Sole proprietors must be able to use form a C-EZ.

The VITA site also offers free electronic filing, savings bonds and the option to receive refunds via direct deposit onto a debit card. Individuals taking advantage of the e-file program receive their refunds in much less time compared to returns filed on paper — even faster, when tax refunds are deposited directly into a bank account.

The site is open from late January through mid-April.

What To Bring to Your Tax Appointment

  • Photo IDs for all taxpayers
  • Social Security cards for all taxpayers and all dependents. Other acceptable proof of Social Security Numbers are an SSA letter (with the number), or a Form SSA-1099 statement. ITIN / ATIN cards or letters are also acceptable.
  • Bank account and routing number for direct deposit of refund (The number is on your checks)
  • Last year’s Federal and State tax returns. Although these are not necessary, they’re highly recommended.
  • All W2s and 1099s, including employment, interest, dividends, pensions, IRA disbursements and stock sales.
  • Social Security or Railroad Retirement statements
  • Alimony received or paid for the year
  • If Married Filing Separately, your spouse’s Social Security Number. You’ll also need to know whether your spouse is itemizing deductions.
  • A concise list of expenses if you wish to itemize, with receipts and statements
  • Property tax records
  • Estimated federal and state tax payments

 

Do you want to prepare your taxes yourself? If you earn less than $60,000 a year, click here to prepare them for free online.

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer tax preparer? Learn more about the opportunity by clicking here.