Tax Season is Around the Corner!

With tax season quickly approaching, it is a good idea to start thinking about the best ways to plan and file your taxes for income earned in 2014. This year, the deadline for preparing your individual tax return is Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (without an authorized extension). Once you've had the opportunity to collect documentation on your income, donations, investments, and other important, taxable transactions, consider using IRS Free-File .
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers advice and assistance to taxpayers through resources like the IRS Tax Assistant,an online tool, and the 2014 Tax Guide for Individuals. The IRS Frequently Asked Questions page can also help you quickly find answers to specific questions about your taxes. If you need more personal help, you might be eligible for certain benefits designed to help you file your taxes.

Low-income taxpayers may be eligible to attend the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC). These free tax preparation clinics are located around the country and exist to help those who cannot afford professional tax assistance, or who speak English as a second language (ESL) and need help understanding their taxpayer rights and responsibilities. Taxpayers that need assistance and have low to moderate incomes, disabilities, or limited English skills can go to a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. The VITA program provides volunteers that will help prepare basic tax returns for free. Additionally, some VITA sites offer free electronic filing (e-filing).

Members of the military may also be eligible to participate in VITA. Prior to filing, military members should be aware of the Armed Forces Tax Benefits, which include tax credits and relief for special tax situations of active members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Citizens over the age of 60 can receive free tax preparation, and often e-filing, assistance from IRS-certified volunteers through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program, offered at community locations across the country.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service, is another service that helps taxpayers who are unable to resolve their tax dispute or those who have received a notification from the IRS. The service helps taxpayers navigate the IRS dispute process and can be used when your tax problem is posing financial problems for your family and/or business.

For further help, the IRS offers the IRS2Go mobile application, which allows you to access personal tax information by simply entering in your social security number. Taxpayers can also receive IRS updates on Twitter, @IRSnews or @IRSenEspanol for Spanish speakers, and on the IRS YouTube Channel. Also, check out the Benefits.gov Tax Assistance page, which provides information on various tax credits and taxpayer assistance programs. Filing your taxes can be time-consuming and sometimes frustrating. Benefits.gov wants to help make this tax season less stressful. To find out if you are eligible for over 1,200 other benefit programs, click "Start Benefit Finder" on the homepage to use our confidential Benefit Finder.

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