File Your Taxes

VITA provides access to free tax prep to anyone in Lancaster County who makes $62,000 or less. Although VITA offices are currently closed, we’re still here to help. VITA of Lancaster County has partnered with the IRS Free File program and TurboTax to offer a free online option to file your tax return.

VITA is now taking limited appointments for Drop Off Service

Drop Off appointments are designed to adhere to social-distancing guidelines so that you and our volunteers are able to stay safe.  

The filing deadline for Federal, Pennsylvania and Local tax returns has been extended to  July 15th.

Free Online Tax Filing Options

Turbo Taxes Free File program

You qualify for the IRS Free File program delivered by TurboTax if either of the following are true:

  • Had an adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $36,000
  • You were Active Duty Military in 2019 with an adjusted gross income (AGI) of $69,000 or less

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United Way’s MyFreeTaxes

United Way’s MyFreeTaxes website is another resource, which provides free access to H&R Block software.

Please note that MyFreeTaxes.com is not a free resource for taxpayers who have business income (including self-employment income, which includes rideshare drivers), capital gains and losses, or income from rental property. Taxpayers who need to file Schedules C, D, or E will be charged on the MyFreeTaxes.com website.

Other Free Filing Options

The IRS has a helpful search for free file tools so you can identify the best provider for you. It is also important to remember to file your local taxes, which must be done separately.

Federal & State Filing Options Local Filing Options

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

On March 27, 2020, the federal government passed the CARES Act, which provides economic relief to those affected by the pandemic and economic downturn. For most Americans, nothing extra needs to be done. The IRS will use data from the most recent tax returns or Social Security data to provide a stimulus check to Americans either via direct deposit (if information is available) or through a paper check in the mail to the last address on file.

Economic Impact Payments will be available throughout the rest of 2020.

How to Receive Payment

Most Americans won’t need to do anything. Your most recent tax return will provide all the information needed to deliver your stimulus check. This includes recipients of social security payments that haven’t filed taxes in recent years.

Don’t file taxes? Enter your information on the IRS website to receive your check directly.

If you filed a Federal tax return in 2018 or 2019 and did not provide banking information, you can update banking information to the IRS online to receive payments immediately versus through the mail.

You can check the status of your stimulus check or add your banking information on the IRS website.

 

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