Prepare for Tax Day 2017

With the beginning of spring upon us, we transition into a season of April showers, May flowers, and lots of cleaning. During this time, we are also reminded of another seasonal tradition in mid-April. On April 18, 2017 we observe Tax Day, the day that individual income tax returns are due to the U.S. Federal Government. While Tax Day is not always a fondly awaited occurrence, the law requires your taxes be reported accurately and on time. To assist with complex tax questions or benefits, is committed to providing timely information for citizens in need of help.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury offers over 20 different programs to assist eligible citizens with paying their taxes. Some of these programs include the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), which offers a tax credit that can help you pay for your education expenses paid for the first four years of education completed after high school. Another program highlighted is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), which is designed to offer tax assistance to people who are generally making $54,000 or less, living with a disability, elderly, or limited English speaking taxpayers. These programs, along with all other tax assistance programs from the U.S. Treasury, can be found on their agency page on

Occasionally, a tax assistance program will be offered by an agency other than Treasury. If this is the case, you can also browse the site by category and find the “Tax Assistance” category. On this page, you can locate any of the tax assistance programs housed on For example, the Capital Construction Fund Program, offered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, enables fishermen to construct, reconstruct, or under limited circumstances, acquire fishing vessels with before-tax, rather than after-tax dollars.

For more resources and help with your taxes, we recommend visiting the Treasury’s tax page. Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service’s website contains a number of useful resources for filing taxes, including the “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” that details each and every taxpayer’s set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS.

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