Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Tax Year 2019 *IMPORTANT*

The ITCA, acting on behalf of concern for the safety of all community members and volunteers, has made the difficult decision to close the VITA site for the remaining tax season due to the ongoing concern of the corona-virus (COVID-19).

We apologize for any inconvenience this closure will cause. To assist with your income tax filing needs, the following websites have information on how to complete and file your federal and state income tax returns:

https://www.irs.gov

https://www.myfreetaxes.com

  • Free filing for every household with a simple return. See below for additional information.

City of Phoenix VITA sites:

For additional locations throughout the state, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at (800) 906-9887 or visit http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep to confirm site locations and hours of operation.

Income Tax Filing Deadline Update

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Taxpayers can also defer federal income tax payments due on April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This deferment applies to all taxpayers, including individuals, trusts and estates, corporations and other non-corporate tax filers as well as those who pay self-employment tax.

Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this automatic federal tax filing and payment relief. Individual taxpayers who need additional time to file beyond the July 15 deadline, can request a filing extension by filing Form 4868 through their tax professional, tax software or using the Free File link on IRS.gov. Businesses who need additional time must file Form 7004.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are due a refund to file as soon as possible. Most tax refunds are still being issued within 21 days.

Please Note: Taxpayers who need to file a return for tax year 2016 must file by April 15, 2020.

Economic Impact Payments

U.S. residents will receive the Economic Impact Payment of $1,200 for individual or Head of Household filers, and $2,400 for married filing jointly if they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and have a work eligible Social Security number. The payment amount will be based on the adjusted gross income. In addition, based on eligibility, $500 per qualifying child will be included in the payment.

For most taxpayers, payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.

If you don’t usually file a tax return, submit your information here to get the Economic Impact Payment:

If you receive veterans disability compensation, a pension, or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or your income level does not require you to file a tax return, then you need to submit information to the IRS to receive an Economic Impact Payment.

Complete the free online form so that the IRS can identify you and your dependents, and receive valid direct deposit and address information about you. This information allows the IRS to calculate your eligibility and send you the Economic Impact Payment.

Do NOT use this form if:

  • You receive Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or SSDI benefits. The IRS will automatically send you an Economic Impact Payment.
  • You have already filed a 2019 federal income tax return.
  • Your 2019 gross income exceeded $12,200 ($24,400 for a married couple) or other reasons require you to file a 2019 federal tax return.
  • You were married at the end of 2019 and are not submitting information here with your spouse.
  • You were not a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident in 2019.

Avoid Scams

The IRS urges taxpayers to be on the lookout for scam artists trying to use the Economic Impact Payments as cover for schemes to steal personal information and money. Remember, the IRS will not call you, text you, email you, or contact you on social media asking for personal or bank account information – even related to the Economic Impact Payments. Also, watch out for emails with attachments or links claiming to have special information about Economic Impact Payments or refunds.

For additional information, please visit the following link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payment-information-center

My Free Taxes

The United Way in partnership with H&R Block is offering an online tax preparation software for service for qualified individuals to prepare their own federal and state income tax returns.  The service is free for simple returns which include forms for the following:

  • W-2 Income
  • Limited interest and dividend income reported on a 1099-INT or 1099-DIV
  • Student education expense
  • Unemployment income
  • Student education credits
  • Student loan interest
  • Claiming the standard deduction
  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Child tax credits
  • Child and dependent care expenses

Some forms are not supported by My Free Taxes and require a fee. For a complete listing of what forms are supported (free) or not supported (fee), CLICK HERE.

Additional information is available at http://www.myfreetaxes.com.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Services Guide

For information on general tax law, getting a transcript or a copy of return, making a tax payment, or checking on status of a return, the guide is available at https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5136.pdf.

 

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