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Tax Time is Here!

FREE FILE information here http://www.irs.gov/efile/article/0,,id=118986,00.html including what you need to file everything electronically.  You will need: your social security number, W-2’s from all employers, any 1099’s (interest and dividends) from financial institutions and insurance companies; and, if you want to have your refund automatically deposited to your financial account, your checking or savings account routing and account numbers.

In 2014, at the bottom of the Free File page, is a note that “after you select Free File software, click on ‘leave IRS site’ to get to the list of software providers.”  Free File software asks for your age, estimated 2013 adjusted gross income, your residence, military pay, and earned income tax credit eligibility.  When you submit this, a list of tax preparation software companies is provided that you can use.  If you want to see the entire list, in the upper right corner of this page, you can ask for the entire list of 14 commercial software companies.  These companies offer this FREE service to taxpayers earning less than $58,000.  For companies without these additional qualifications, look at TaxAct, eSmartTax by Liberty Tax Service, H&R Block, and Online Taxes at OLT.com.

1040If you like the software company you chose, they will usually offer to save your information for you for one year.  Or you may want to try another software company offering free file.  Next year, the software company you use this year, will offer to  repopulate your information, allowing you to edit and make necessary changes.    These offers usually cost around $10-$15.  Deluxe editions at a higher price will allow you to save your IRS returns for more than one year.

Tax forms and instructions are available from http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html The most frequently used forms and instructions are available on this page, including Form 1040A and 1040EZ.  In most cases, the instructions are a separate download.  Adobe Acrobat is required.  Sherman Public Library has paper forms and instructions.

Tax Help is here! http://taxhelp.org/resources/student/ or taxhelp.org and select For Students from the column on the right.  This free resource introduces you to filing taxes and is geared to students. It explains the American Opportunity Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit, and the tuition and fees deduction. 

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