Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tax Time Help

It's that time again, when all good Americans must come to the aid of their country - and pay up.

Not to gloat, but my taxes were filed weeks ago and I even got a refund this year, for about the first time in a decade. (Okay, I am gloating a little - but hey.)

Anyway, if you haven't gotten around to that box of receipts or online spread sheet yet, there is help available. For instance, The Free File Alliance, a coalition of leading tax software companies, and the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offer free tax software and face-to-face tax help for taxpayers who made $50,000 or less last year.

Through this new partnership, Free File Alliance member software is now available at self-assist computer kiosks found in nearly 300 VITA locations across 29 states. Eligible taxpayers can access these kiosks and use this brand-name software to prepare and e-file their tax returns.

Another bit of good news: Tax day is Sept. 17 this year, so you've got two additional days to procrastinate!


  1. Done and done. You know, rather than have my taxes done by the head of the firm this year, I made an appointment w/one of the lower ranking CPA's, because I'd made quite a bit less than in past years, and I didn't want to get into it, and blah, blah, blah. And he's rather a big wheel, so why bother him with my few grubby dollar bills. But as I was sitting in the accountant's office, who should walk in? He scooped up my files and motioned me to follow him to his giant corner suite. Busted. Busted, by a true gentleman and sweetheart.

  2. Nice! That's customer service done right. I used a head-of-the-firm (albeit a small firm) for a number of years. But his price just kept going up and up and finally got ridiculous, especially when I was doing all the work and he was just punching in my numbers and running them through his software.

    So I flailed around for a couple of years and finally found a woman who is just terrific, so smart and helpful, for about half the price. I have a longer drive, but it's worth it.

  3. My guy is in Brentwood, so I kind of make a day of it. Visit my old school, and then drive home by way of Mulholland from Westwood to Hollywood.