Tax Commission News Release
Seniors, low-to-moderate income taxpayers can get free income tax help
BOISE, IDAHO — Feb. 15, 2017 — Senior citizens or people with low-to-moderate income can find free help to prepare their income tax returns at tax preparation sites throughout Idaho. To find the sites closest to them, taxpayers can go to the Idaho State Tax Commission’s website, tax.idaho.gov, and click on the “Free Income Tax Help” link under the “Quick Picks” section. The sites, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation, are listed together by county.
The free help offered at these locations is designed for taxpayers with simple federal and Idaho tax returns. Those who are submitting a state return only to get a grocery credit refund can also get help, as well as those filing a federal return only to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. People with complicated returns should seek help from a professional preparer.
All of the locations offer electronic filing for faster refunds, and some offer help in Spanish. The Tax Commission recommends that people check its website the day they want to visit one of the sites because the free tax help listing can change periodically.
When visiting a site, taxpayers should bring their photo ID, Social Security card, any W-2s and 1099s, a copy of last year’s state and federal returns, and other important documents needed to file a return. A full list of what to bring, as well as what services are provided at the sites, is available through a link on the Tax Commission’s “Free Income Tax Help” webpage.
Those who don’t have internet access can find a site by calling the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or (800) 926-2588 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mountain Time, or AARP’s automated system at (888) 227-7669. Taxpayers can also get help by calling the Tax Commission at (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or toll-free at (800) 972-7660.
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