Filing your taxes will be more complicated this year due to the requirement, under the Affordable Care Act, that everyone must have health insurance and report this on their tax return. Community Tax Centers, a program of Foundation Communities, will provide free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income Central Texans starting January 13 and is fully prepared to assist its clients meet this brand-new requirement.
Austin IRS VITA and Free Tax Return Filing in Austin, TX
Households making up to $50,000 are eligible for free tax preparation, with slightly higher incomes allowed for households of five or more. Five Community Tax Centers with convenient day, evening and weekend hours will be open in North, South and East Austin, as well as in Round Rock
Who can get free tax preparation in Austin, Texas?
If you are someone that makes less than $57,000, check out these three free options:
- Call 2-1-1 and receive information about the free tax prep location closest to you. 2-1-1 is free, 24/7, confidential and multilingual. In 2011, the UWATX Navigation Center, which runs the local 2-1-1 program, received more than 5,000 calls from callers looking for free tax preparation assistance.
- Visit one of Foundation Communities’ Community Tax Centers in the Austin area. They provide free tax preparation at seven convenient locations by their IRS-certified volunteer preparers for Austin area residents who make up to $50,000 per year. Walk-ins are always welcome, you can make an appointment starting February 15 or you can even drop off your tax documents so you don’t have to wait.
Why get a tax return filed for free in Austin, TX?
The 2015 tax season kicks off the Community Tax Centers’ 10th year of operation. The tax centers expect to return $32 million in tax refunds to more than 20,000 Central Texas families this year. Taxpayers can call United Way’s 2-1-1 line for more information on locations, hours and what documents to bring, or visit the website at www.communitytaxcenters.org.
Free Tax Preparation in Austin Texas
Community Financial Center – South (2600 West Stassney Lane, 78745)
IDEA Allan (1701 Vargas Road, 78741)
Lifeworks East Office (835 N. Pleasant Valley Road, 78702)
Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street, 78664)
Community Financial Center – North (5900 Airport Blvd., 78752)
Asian American Resource Center (8401 Cameron Road, 78754)
Other Information about Free Tax Prep in Austin Texas
In addition to the Stassney Lane site, area residents can receive free tax assistance at the following locations: South Rural Community Center, 3518 FM 973 S., Del Valle; Goodwill Community Center, 1015 Norwood Park; Workforce Solutions, 6505 Airport; Dolores Catholic Church, 1111 Montopolis; East Austin Neighborhood Center, 211 Comal; Bastrop Public Library, 1100 Church St., Bastrop; and Allen R. Baca Center, 301 Bagdad Ave., Bldg. 2, Round Rock. For hours, bus lines to the centers, and other info, see www.foundcom.org or call 211 or 447-2026.