Covid-19 has severely impacted our patrons getting their taxes done through the dependable AARP Tax Aide volunteers. In addition to the library being closed temporarily, AARP has also suspended the Tax Aide program indefinitely. While our hope is that things will get back to normal, here are some suggestions and resources in the meantime:
***UPDATE 3/20/20: The federal filing deadline has been extended to July 15 for individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. For more information see IRS press release. No extensions need to be filed.
- If you are getting a refund, there is no penalty for doing your taxes late. The deadline has always been optional for you.
- Here is specific information for seniors and retirees from the IRS.
Resources for Filing Returns Online
For simple returns:
- myfreetaxes is a partnership between United Way and H&R Block. If you have a simple tax situation and want to do complete your Federal and state taxes through one site, this is a great resource. It works on both computers and mobile devices. They have a phone helpline to talk to a real person, 1-866-698-9435, and a chat service linked to their site. The helpline and chat service hours are 10 AM – 6 PM Mon-Friday from May 1-Oct 31, 2020.
- Turbo Tax Free Edition is also for simple tax returns, files state returns for free and is ideal for those with w-2 income.
For incomes below $69,000:
- IRS Free File Services allows you to do your taxes online. Some options include completing the Michigan tax return for free, others require a small fee. All require: 1) an email address, 2) copy of last year’s tax return, and 3) your income and deduction documents for your tax return.
- Irs2Go App, for IOS and Android, will point you to IRS Free File, easy to use if your income is below $69,000, and you can also track your refund status, all from your phone!
For incomes above $69,000 and more complicated tax situations:
- Deluxe Turbo Tax works if you have a more complex form, cost $60 but you can start your return for free, with cost of $60 to file both state and Federal forms.