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How to get free help with your taxes

The IRS provides several programs to help you file your taxes - at no cost to you.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s tax season and filing your taxes can be overwhelming and sometimes expensive. If you need assistance, there are some programs that can help you file them for free.

If you make less than $66,000 a year, you can get help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA. A volunteer will file your taxes, at no cost to you. The volunteers have training from the IRS and the latest software to make sure everything is accurate. 

You will need your social security number and all your income information. There are locations across Kentucky and Southern Indiana, but you may need to book an appointment, depending on the location. The IRS has a VITA locator tool on its website.

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The IRS also partners with software companies like H&R Block and Intuit, so you can use those programs for free. If you make less than $69,000 a year, you can use “Free File”. You can get more information and access through the IRS website.

AARP offers free tax prep for people in Bullitt and Jefferson County in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison County in Southern Indiana. Anyone can get free help through AARP, but it’s aimed at people with low to moderate incomes. The program is first-come, first-serve and you don’t have to be an AARP member to get help. Find a location here.

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Want your refund as soon as possible? According to IRS spokesperson Luis Garcia, you can get your refund in about 21 days or less if you use direct deposit.

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