NEED HELP PREPARING YOUR TAX RETURN?
Indy Free Tax Prep offers free tax filing to individuals and families who earn less than $64,000 a year. The program helps Central Indiana residents take advantage of all of the tax credits they are eligible for including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and education credits. IRS-certified volunteers help prepare basic returns for eligible taxpayers free of charge.
What do I need to bring to a Indy Free Tax Prep site?
The following items are needed to prepare your tax return:
- Valid picture ID
- Social security cards or ITIN cards for all persons on the return
- W2 forms for all employment during 2016
- Interest and dividend statements
- Form 1095-A if you purchased health insurance through HealthCare.gov in 2016
- All 1099 forms received, including 1099 SSA from the Social Security Administration and unemployment statements
- Education expense receipts and 1098 form
- Child care receipts, along with provider’s address and social security number/employer identification number
- Real estate property tax receipts
- Landlord name and address
- Bank routing number and account number for direct deposit
- Copy of last year’s tax return (not required but helpful to have)
When can I expect a refund?
All eligible Indy Free Tax Prep tax returns are prepared and submitted to the IRS electronically by trained volunteers. If you will be receiving a refund and elect to have it direct deposited into a checking or savings account, you can anticipate receiving a check within two weeks.
The IRS reminds taxpayers that a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until Feb. 15. In addition, the IRS wants taxpayers to be aware it will take several days for these refunds to be released and processed through financial institutions.
Where's My Refund? on IRS.gov and the IRS2Go phone app will be updated with projected deposit dates for early EITC and ACTC refund filers a few days after Feb. 15. Taxpayers will not see a refund date on Where's My Refund? or through their software packages until then. The IRS, tax preparers and tax software will not have additional information on refund dates, so Where’s My Refund? remains the best way to check the status of a refund.
More information is located on the IRS webpage.
When can I visit an Indy Free Tax Prep site?
Many sites will be open to serve our community beginning in early February through April. Please call 2-1-1 for information on hours and locations.