FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 16, 2012
CONTACT: Meredith Rosenthal at 302-573-6054
Senator Coons reminds Delawareans of free resources for help with tax preparation
Filing deadline is one month away: Tuesday, April 17th
WILMINGTON, Del. — With just one month before the deadline for Americans to file their federal income tax returns, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) today reminded Delawareans of an array of free resources for those looking for help.
“Filing tax returns can often be daunting and confusing, so I encourage Delawareans to take advantage of the many resources out there to help navigate the process,” Senator Coons said. “There are many legitimate and free tax filing resources available that will not only save you time, but could also save you money.”
The deadline for filing federal income tax returns is Tuesday, April 17. Those who have filed or plan to file for a six-month extension have until Monday, October 15th to mail in their federal taxes.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
www.irs.gov or 1-800-829-1040
Free tax preparation with IRS Free File
If your adjusted gross income is $57,000 or less, the IRS can connect you with free software for preparing your tax reform.
IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers
Taxpayer Assistance Centers are set up to help you resolve a tax problem, to answer questions about tax law, or to give you face-to-face help. No appointment is necessary.
844 King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
611 South DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 10091
21309 Berlin Road, Unit 13
Georgetown, DE 19947
301-695-7615 (press 7)
IRS Taxpayer Advocate
The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS. It helps taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, such as not being able to provide necessities like housing, transportation, or food; taxpayers who are seeking help in resolving problems with the IRS; and those who believe an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should.
1352 Marrows Road, Suite 203
Newark, DE 19711
IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.
http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ or 1-800-906-9887
Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
If you have any additional questions about where to turn for tax-filing assistance, please contact my office at 302-573-6345, and ask to speak to a member of my constituent services team.