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Tax Resources for Seniors

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It’s that time of year again- time to start gathering your tax documents. Today’s blog post is a rundown of community programs that help with filing taxes. Remember to start your taxes sooner rather than later this year, since the process could take longer!   

Note: Agencies may have changed their hours, adjusted their services, or temporarily closed due to Covid 19. Call ahead before visiting agencies. 

Local Resources 

  • Ann Arbor District Library– Offers physical copies of various federal tax forms beginning in late January. Librarians can print additional forms free of cost.   
  • Chelsea Library– Tax forms can be found next to the 2nd floor elevator beginning late January to early February. Other forms can be copied by asking a librarian.   
  • Housing Bureau for Seniors– Accept appointments. Keep checking the website for additional information as we get closer to tax season.  
  • Milan Public Library– Basic federal and state income tax forms and instructions are available at the library beginning in the early months of each calendar year. Can also help with printing.  
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish – offers tax preparation assistance to individuals that make $45,000.00 or less. Call the parish office at (734) 821-2121 to make an appointment to drop off your return.  Services offered February through April. Assistance also available in Spanish. 
  • United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program– a national IRS-sponsored program that pairs certified volunteers with taxpayers to file accurate tax returns for free. 
  • University of Michigan Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic– helps low-income taxpayers with various issues — IRS notices, liens and levies, innocent/injured spouse relief, tax audits and more — when the when the amount in dispute is $50,000 or less per tax year. Call (734) 936-3535 to schedule an appointment.    
  • Ypsilanti Library– AARP tax appointments are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Michigan Avenue location and Thursdays at the Whittaker Rd location.  Appointments are limited; please call for availability and eligibility. 
    • YDL-Michigan: 734-482-4110, x2421 
    • YDL-Whittaker: 734-482-4110, x2411 

State Resources 

National Resources 

  • AARP Tax Aide– provides in-person and virtual tax assistance to anyone free of charge with a special focus on taxpayers who are over 50 or have low to moderate income. Program generally runs from February 12 to April 15.    
  • Accounting Aid Society– Available to those with an annual household income of $57,000 or less.  Offers a remote service where IRS certified tax preparers will work to complete tax returns via phone. Must have a smartphone and an email address to submit documents.  
  • IRS Free File– Prepare and file your federal income tax online for free. File at an IRS partner site with the IRS Free File Program or use Free File Fillable Forms. No cost to you for a federal return.  
  • MyFreeTaxes.com- Free online tax filing program provided by United Way that helps anyone of any income file their taxes for free. Can file federal and unlimited state returns for free. 
  • OnLineTaxes– Provides federal and state online tax preparation and electronic filing for individual taxpayers. This project is certified by the Better Business Bureau’s online privacy program.  

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