By: Gabrielle Bokretsion
It seems like tax season sneaks up on us every year, and depending on a person’s specific situation, filing can come with a list of pros and cons. So, what are your options when you receive your W-9 forms and filing starts? If you don’t want to spend a fortune paying for someone else to do your taxes for you, we have a solution. At VyStar, we always want to ensure our members are getting the most out of their money. Whether you want to save money on filing with a professional or you simply need help filing your own tax return, we have the tools and resources you need to get the job done.
For those who don’t want to pay to file, United Way of Northeast Florida has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide a free tax preparation service called RealSense. RealSense is a service that assists eligible individuals and families with getting their federal tax returns prepared, e-filed and direct deposited. RealSense provides this service to qualified families in six Northeast Florida counties, and a select number of VyStar locations will serve as tax prep sites for RealSense’s services. This option is available to individuals and families with a household income of $66,000 or less. To be seen by an IRS-certified volunteer, you may schedule an appointment online or by calling (904) 632-0600. If you’re unable to schedule an appointment, you can also file online for free by visiting the MyFreeTaxes website.
If you’re someone who prefers to file taxes on your own, TurboTax is the filing service for you! One of the many benefits of membership is that VyStar members can save up to $20 on federal filing through TurboTax. TurboTax Live offers you the chance to have a certified public accountant (CPA) or enrolled agent (EA) by your side, allowing you to ask questions while they review your tax return. On top of having experts answer your questions and assist with your return, TurboTax will search for every deduction and credit you may qualify for, so you’re more likely to get the most back.
Whether you file yourself or receive help from a professional, the best thing you can do when tax season rolls around is prepare. Tax filing usually starts in mid-January each year, with the deadline to file being April 15th. Let us assist you and make the process easier. There’s nothing better than saving money when it comes to filing your taxes, especially when you have trained professionals assisting you.
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