Tax Preparation and Filing Assistance


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Feb. 21, 2006

Fairfax County Offers Assistance With Tax Preparation and Filing

With tax season underway, qualified residents can get information and free assistance with preparing and filing their state and federal tax returns.

-- The Fairfax County CASH (Creating Assets and Hope)/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free federal and state income tax help to low- to moderate-income taxpayers ($38,000 gross income per year and below). The goal of the CASH program is to help these families keep more of what they earn by avoiding tax preparation fees and claiming all refunds. Refunds for families that claim the Earned Income Tax Credit average $4,000, which equals a $1/hour raise. For a complete list of assistance sites and schedules, call 703-222-0880, TTY 703-222-9452, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/partnerships/cashsites.htm.

-- Free help in preparing and filing state and federal returns also is available through the AARP TaxAide program, which provides free tax assistance service for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention given to those 60 and over. From now until the middle of April, AARP’s volunteer preparers will be at several locations across the county, which can be found at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/partnerships/aarpsites.htm.

-- Last year, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved an expansion of the Real Estate Tax Relief Program for the Elderly and Disabled. The change to this ordinance increases the net combined financial asset eligibility requirement from $240,000 to the state maximum of $340,000 for those who meet the age, disability and income requirements. The income limit also has been increased from $52,000 to the fixed state maximum of $72,000. This change is retroactive to all of tax year 2005. The board also extended the deadline to apply for 2005 tax relief until Dec. 31, 2006, for first-time filers and cases of hardship.

Seniors looking for more information about real estate tax relief can call the Department of Tax Administration at 703-222-8234, TTY 703-222-7594, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. More information is also available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dta/tax_relief.htm.

-- Providence District senior citizens are invited to attend workshops about how to apply for real estate tax relief. Hosted by Fairfax County Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth, the March 15 and April 5 workshops will be held at Providence district office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 8739 Lee Highway, Fairfax. To register for either one of the workshops, please call the Providence District Supervisor’s Office at 703-560-6946, TTY 711.

-- The Fairfax Area Disability Services Boards’ Web page has a wealth of information about income tax relief for people with disabilities and their families. For example, Virginia offers a “Home Accessibility Features for the Disabled” income tax credit and “Caregivers Grants” for caring for people with disabilities. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dsb/Tax_Considerations.htm or call 703-324-5421, TTY 703-449-1186.

-- Virginia residents can pick up state and federal income tax forms and publications at Fairfax County’s Department of Tax Administration offices or at county library branches. At the library branches, forms may be downloaded onto a floppy disc at no charge or printed out on the library’s printers for 15 cents per page. State and federal forms are also available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/internet/taxforms.htm.

To request this information in an alternate format, call the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.


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