Are you feeling the crunch of the April 15 deadline and need some questions answered to make sure you don’t screw it up and pay more taxes than you need to?

There is actually free irs tax help available to individuals with low to moderate income and to the elderly.  Free Taxpayer Assistance centers are located in every state to help you answer your tax preparation questions and help you complete your tax return.

Many sites have volunteers with multilingual skills for those who have trouble with the English language.

You will need to provide the following:

  • A photo id
  • Social Security cards
  • ITIN numbers if you don’t have a Social Security number
  • Birth dates for you, spouse & dependents on the tax return
  • Wages & earning statements (Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc) from all employers
  • Interest & dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Copy of last year’s federal & state returns, if available
  • Direct deposit verification such as blank check that has bank account routing and account numbers.
  • If married-filing-jointly, both must be present to sign required forms.
  • Daycare information such as total amount paid, daycare provider’s EIN or SSN.
  • Proof of Health Care – Form 1095-A (Affordable Health Care Statement)
  • Copies of income transcripts from IRS and state, if applicable

To find a location near you, click here.  More information on the free tax centers here.

If you don’t qualify for the free irs tax help or you don’t want to leave the house, there are a variety of other ways to get free information directly from the Internal Revenue Service. has a tremendous amount of helpful and detailed information for many situations.  In addition, the website has an interactive Tax Assistant that prompts you through a series of questions so you can determine whether you are eligible for money saving credits or deductions…..without entering your social security number.

The IRS also has a YouTube channel with videos that provide helpful explanations on many topics.

Best of luck for the 2015 tax season!

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