Wellness Wednesday – Resources to help you prepare your tax returns

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Well-being and a well-balanced life go beyond physical well-being. Financial well-being – or the ability to lead a financially healthy life – occurs when you have the freedom and security to deal with financial emergencies while staying on track to enjoy life and achieve your goals. financial. While creating a solid foundation on which to build a financial future takes time and planning, there are free and inexpensive resources to help establish financial literacy that can lead to financial well-being and better health. mental, physical and emotional health.

General financial knowledge, budgeting, and loan and credit management are important principles of financial literacy. However, tax filing assistance resources are a priority at this time of year. If the idea of ​​filing your own tax return causes anxiety, there are a few programs worth checking out.

Local help

  • OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling offers three options for using IRS Certified Volunteers:
    • Easy self-help: If you want to prepare your own tax returns, but need additional help, email us for help with simple tax questions.
    • Virtual Tax Preparation: Upload images or scans of your tax documents to a secure online portal and your return will be prepared remotely with communication via in-portal chats and scheduled phone calls.
    • Drive and wait: If you prefer to bring your tax documents to the OnTrack office on South French Broad Avenue, make an appointment to drop off your documents and wait for them to be prepared.
  • UNC Asheville is providing free tax preparation assistance Saturday through April 2 at the Pack Memorial Library. 26 students volunteer through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide free income tax preparation to families with incomes under $72,000, individuals elderly and people with disabilities or with limited English proficiency. For more information or to book an appointment, visit their website.
  • Buncombe County Public Libraries is offering free tax preparation to low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special consideration for seniors age 60 and older from February 1 through April 15. Pick up a tax return envelope and instructions at Black Mountain, West Asheville, Weaverville, or Memorial Pack during library hours, fill out your kit, and meet with a Tax-Aide volunteer at your appointment. More information can be found at Buncombe County website.

Federal resources

  • The Internal Revenue System (IRS) Free File program allows you prepare and file your federal income tax online using Guided Tax Preparation, free fillable forms or on a partner site. To receive a free federal tax return, you must select an IRS free file provider through the IRS website.
  • Tax assistance for people with disabilities provides tax relief for taxpayers with disabilities and information for preparing a tax return. To be eligible, a household member must be disabled or caring for a disabled person. No app is needed for this program.
  • the Tax benefits for the armed forces The law allows for tax benefits or relief for the special tax situations of serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Information on these special tax benefits for armed forces personnel can be found in Publication 3, Armed Forces Tax Guide.
  • The Student Loan Consolidation Program and other programs offered by the federal government can be found at advantages.gov.
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