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VITA Free Tax Preparation: COVID-19 Tax Updates

VITA tax preparation services SUSPENDED in response to COVID-19

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Just as many schools, businesses and workplaces are taking precautions to ensure the safety of our students and community members, our VITA partners have decided to suspend all volunteer led, free tax prep sites.  Many of these locations are staffed by senior citizens or college student volunteers and it is our responsibility to ensure they, along with community members, are safe in light of the rapidly changing health situation created by COVID-19.
 
We will work to keep you up-to-date should VITA reopen and as federal or state issued updates arise.

VITA Clients

At this time, we encourage all VITA clients whose tax appointments have been canceled to seek out alternative tax prep services. Those include: 
  • myfreetaxes.com allows those with simple returns to file free federal and state taxes. 
  • Iowa Department of Revenue provides information on how to file free federal and Iowa returns pending factors such as Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), military status and Federal Earned Income Tax Credit. 
  • MyTax Illinois allows residents to file state taxes electronically for free. To use that service, residents must have not filed an individual income tax return for this tax year, be an established Illinois taxpayer or have a valid Illinois Driver’s License or Illinois State Identification Card, have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and have a valid email address. 
  • IRS.gov offers free online filing product options for those with an income of $69,000 and below. 

Current Federal Response

The IRS is automatically giving a 90-day extension to taxpayers expected to owe money from their Federal Income Taxes.  This means the normal fees associated with filing late will not take place until after July 15, 2020.  
 
Individuals expecting a refund or requesting a 6-month extension are still being asked to file or submit documentation ahead of the April 15 deadline.  
 
For more information about Federal Income Taxes and their response to COVID-19 visit irs.gov.
 

Current State Response

For information about your state taxes, their response to COVID-19 and resources, check out their websites.