The IRS is excited to provide a series of videos with tips to help deaf and hard of hearing taxpayers. This series will help you become familiar with the free tax preparation programs in American Sign Language or ASL. Today, we’ll discuss how the IRS has tax preparation services at no cost to you.
Did you know that the IRS works with thousands of organizations to help people file their taxes for free? Maybe you qualify for that help.
Generally, if you make an income every year that is considered low to moderate, you can get your tax return prepared at no cost to you. This service is provided by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly or TCE programs. These two programs also help senior citizens, people who are not fluent in English, and people with disabilities, including those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Trained IRS certified volunteer tax preparers are ready to assist with taxes, especially given how taxes can sometimes be complicated. Best of all, this service is provided at no charge to you. If you qualify for this, you will need to bring the following:
A photo ID for you and for your spouse, if married;
Your social security card and, either social security cards, or Individual Tax Identification Number letters for all persons you claim on your tax return;
Wage and earning statements from your employer; this could be the Form W-2 and any similar forms like W-2G, 1099-R, or 1099-Misc.
Any interest and dividend statements from banks -Form 1099;
A statement, if you have young children in daycare, showing the total you paid and the daycare’s Social Security number or Employer Identification Number or EIN;
Last year’s tax returns, both state and federal, if you have them;
Documentation, such as a check, showing bank account routing and account numbers, so your refund can be direct deposited.
If you want to file taxes electronically as “married-filing jointly”, both you and your spouse must go together to the free tax preparation site to sign all the required forms.
As a special service for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, the IRS is working with several organizations across the country to host ASL Tax Days at many free tax preparation sites. This day will feature preparers working with deaf or hard of hearing taxpayers, with certified interpreters on site. The tax preparers will walk you through the tax completion process. Again, this is all at no charge to you.
If you’d like to find a VITA or TCE site near you, check www.IRS.gov, and type “free tax preparation.”
If you need additional information or have comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.