Last minute weekend tax help
POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 3:46pm
Still need a little tax help this weekend? Then the IRS has just the thing you need, and it’s all at the touch of your finger tips. Here are four simple ways you can get the extra assistance you need to get your file in on time.
1. IRS Website The IRS website is a one stop shop for a wide array of tax information. You can even prepare and file your federal tax return – for free – through Free File, a service offered by IRS and its partners who make available free tax preparation software and free electronic filing. But you must go through IRS.gov to use Free File. Have some tax questions? Check out 1040 Central on the Individuals page for the latest news. You can even track your refund with Where’s My Refund?.
2. Taxpayer Assistance Centers When you believe your tax issue cannot be handled online or by phone and you want face-to-face assistance, you can find help at a local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center. Locations, business hours and an overview of services are available at IRS.gov. Just go to the Individuals tab and click on the link for Contact My Local Office in the left tool bar section under IRS Resources.
3. Community Resources Free tax preparation is available through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs in many communities. Volunteer return preparation programs provided through IRS and its partners offer free help in preparing simple tax returns for low-to-moderate-income taxpayers. For a list of the 2011 VITA sites you can visit IRS.gov, or call 2-1-1 or 800-906-9887. You may also call AARP — the largest TCE participant — at 888-227-7669 (888-AARPNOW) or access www.aarp.org to find the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site.
4. Telephone Call the IRS Tax Help Line for Individuals, 800-829-1040, to get answers to your federal tax questions. (Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. your local time). To hear pre-recorded messages covering various tax topics or check on the status of your refund, call 800-829-4477. TTY/TDD users may call 800-829-4059 to ask tax questions or to order forms and publications.
Tax Assistance sites in Baton Rouge – should call to scheduled an appointment since most are by appointment only (also not all will be open after today). Shiloh Baptist does not require an appointment: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=233772,00.html#East%20Baton...
Items to bring to the VITA/TCE site to have your tax return prepared
• Proof of identification
• Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
• Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
• Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
• Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
• Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers
• Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
• A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
• Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
• Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider's tax identifying number (the provider's Social Security Number or the provider's business Employer Identification Number)
• To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.