Help Available With Returns, Relief for Eligible Taxpayers

From today's Fairfax Extra:

People needing help with federal and state income tax returns can take advantage of several free programs.

· Fairfax County residents making less than $37,000 a year can receive free income tax filing assistance through a county program, officials said. Help is offered at 12 locations throughout Northern Virginia through May 1.

For more information about the program and locations, call 703-222-0880 or 703-324-5319. For information in Spanish, call 703-631-3366. Or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/partnerships .

Those preparing their own returns can call the IRS hotline at 800-829-1040 or visit http://www.irs.gov .

· Fairfax City has enhanced its real estate tax relief program for senior citizens and homeowners with disabilities by adding options that open the program to more residents and by giving qualified participants a choice in options.

City officials have increased the combined gross income limit to $72,000 a year, the maximum allowable by law. All types of relief offered are granted on a sliding scale based on income.

Qualified homeowners can choose from basic tax relief, either full or partial; tax deferral, which allows participants to defer payment of real estate taxes; tax freeze, which freezes the amount of real estate tax assessed in the year when the taxpayer initially applies and becomes qualified; or a combination of tax freeze and deferral.

For more information, call 703-385-7870.

· AARP is providing its annual income tax preparation service for those with low and middle incomes at various locations countywide through April 17.

Tax returns will be electronically filed this year; taxpayers must bring a government-issued photo identification and a Social Security card for all people listed on the tax return.

Walk-in Tax-Aide clinics are being held:

      

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; Mondays and Thursdays, 1-8:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5-8 p.m., at Sherwood Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane in the Alexandria area.

Weekdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at SunTrust Bank, 515 Maple Ave. E., Vienna.

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Centreville Regional Library, 14200 St. Germaine Dr.

Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd.

Appointments are required for assistance Mondays, 9 a.m.-noon, and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., at Greenspring Village, 7442 Spring Village Dr., Springfield.

For more information, call 888-227-7669 or visit http://www.aarp.org/taxaide .

By  |  February 16, 2006; 12:51 PM ET  | Category:  Consumer Affairs , Economy, Taxes , Human Services
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