January 30 through April 18, OnTrack WNC’s certified IRS-trained tax preparers will prepare simple tax returns FREE for individuals and families with 2016 household income of less than $54,000. Claim your refund and save those filing fees! You may be eligible for FREE income tax preparation.
You may also be eligible for up to $6269 from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Four of five eligible workers claim and get their EITC. We want to raise that number to five out of five. You earned it, "now file, claim it and get it." See if you qualify at www.irs.gov/eitc.
Make an appointment now
Tax preparation generally takes about one hour. For an appointment please call our office at 828.255-5166 x3 or 1.800.737.5485.
The FAQ below defines who needs to file a tax return and also describes tax circumstances that are too complex for us to handle as part of our Tax Program VITA site.
Do I need to file a tax return? Will it benefit me to file?
1) You may need to file if you are:
2) You must also file if:
3) If you are between 25 and 64 years old and received any earned income from employment or self-employment you should file because you may be entitled to an earned income tax credit.
4) You do not need to file if your only income is from Social Security benefits and is less than $25,000 a year ($32,000 if married and filing jointly).
For a more thorough assessment go here.
Are my taxes too complicated for VITA?
We can help most people file their taxes – both federal and state, but there are some circumstances in which we cannot help you. These include but are not limited to:
There are a few other unusual circumstances which fall outside the scope of what we are allowed to do. If you think your return is likely to involve something unusual or complicated, please call (828) 255-5166 ext.137 to discuss it with a tax volunteer ahead of your appointment. This is not the extension for making an appointment.
To make an appointment, please call 255-5166 extension 3.
Do you have a simple return that you can file on your own?
MyFreeTaxes is a FREE service for taxpayers who are comfortable filling out forms online, have relatively simple returns and do not need to meet one on one. MyFreeTaxes offers a helpline staffed with Advanced Level IRS certified volunteers from 10A-10P Mon-Sat, plus live chat assistance during those hours, and email assistance.
Non-discrimination Policy - OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling shall not exclude anyone from receiving agency services based on his/her economic status, cultural heritage, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or military status.
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