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Free Tax Help
Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet Open Through March 14
Hypothermia Shelters
Stalking Awareness Month
STEM Opportunities for Youth in Fairfax County
Virginia CommonHelp Application - Apply online for state social services
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Upcoming Events

Free Parent Resource Center Workshops

Free Tax Help

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program:  Offers free tax preparation help to anyone.The service is free and is provided by trained volunteers.

Findan AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site in your community during the tax season, callthe toll-free number at 888-AARP-NOW (888-227-7669) or visit AARPorg/findtaxhelp.  

Clickon the following links for sites that provide income tax filing assistance. Thesites operate on a walk-in basis.

FAIRFAX COUNTY SITES/WALK-IN CLIENTS

ARLINGTON COUNTY SITES/WALK-IN CLIENTS

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY SITES/WALK-IN CLIENTS

All tax returns are filedelectronically. All taxpayers MUST bring government-issued picture IDs andsocial security cards for all persons included on the taxreturn. A complete checklist of items can be found here.  


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): A national program sponsored by the IRS. Each taxseason, VITA volunteers all over the country prepare federal and state taxreturns for low-income families – those making $55,000 and less in 2018– in public libraries and community centers, and on college campuses.

Click here to find the NVACASH-VITA site nearest you.


Tax Help At Your Library: The AARPFoundation Tax-Aide program offers free, individualized tax preparation for lowto moderate income taxpayers—especially those 50 and older. VITA Tax AssistanceIRS-certified volunteers help taxpayers who earn up to $54K per year.

Click here to check the schedule.

Free 2018 Tax Relief Workshops for Older Adults and People with Disabilities: The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is hosting a series of free tax relief workshops in late February and March at several locations through the county

Click here to check the schedule.



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Hunter Mill District Winter Coat Closet Open Through March 14

The annual Hunter Mill District Coat Closet for adults and children who need winter coats is now open. The Coat Closet, co-sponsored with Cornerstones, operates from the community room at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor's Office, at 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA 20190, on the following days until March 14 (excluding major holidays):

·         Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

In addition to coats, hats, gloves and scarves are also available. Coats in child and adult sizes, including extra-large sizes, are available.

Donations: New or gently used, clean coats and jackets for all ages (newborn to men's 5X). New hats, gloves mittens and scarves can be accepted. Donations can be taken to the community room at the Hunter Mill District Supervisor's Office, 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, from November 13 through January 17, 2018, on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.. Donations of winter coats are tax deductible and receipts are available.

Questions?

For information about donating coats through January 17, contact Nate King, Donations and Drives Coordinator, at 571-323-9569.

Volunteers are needed to assist clients, greet donors and sort donations. For more information about volunteering, contact Morgan Grant, Community Resource Coordinator, 571-323-3674.

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Hypothermia Shelters


The Hypothermia Prevention Program is a partnership among Fairfax County government, adult shelters, and various faith, volunteer and civic organizations. Individuals in need of shelter during this time should contact the nearest adult shelter to make arrangements forshelter in one of the hypothermia shelter sites.The "no-turn-away" policy will be in effect beginning December 1st.  

For families with children:

During business hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), contact: Coordinated Services Planning at 703-222-0880; TTY711.

A CSP representative will conduct an interview with thefamily to determine eligibility for shelter or other emergency services andmake the necessary referrals.

After business hours:

     After business hours, families with children in need of shelter should go directly to the nearest family shelter.

 

Click here for phone numbers and addresses for year-round shelters for both families with children and for adults without children.

If you see someone at night who is unsheltered and you think could be at risk of hypothermia, call the county's non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131 (TTY 711).

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Stalking Awareness Month

Fairfax County is sponsoring a series of events to mark Stalking Awareness Month.
STEM Opportunities for Youth in Fairfax County

STEM Opportunities for Youth in Fairfax County

 

STEM Opportunities for Youth is a website that kids and families can use to find STEM activities, camps and resources in the community. Search the STEM Opportunities Map to find programs offered by parks, libraries, community centers, nonprofits and universities. Many are free. Students can also learn about educational and career pathways leading to high demand STEM careers. It’s easy to find STEM activities – Science, Technology,Engineering and Math – that include robotics, makerspace, environmental science, cybersecurity, creative arts technology and more. If it’s STEM, it’s on this page!


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Virginia CommonHelp Application - Apply online for state social services

 

CommonHelp is the Commonwealth of Virginia's fast and easy way to apply online for many Virginia social services assistance programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, Energy Assistance and Child Care. Through a single online site, you can find out what assistance you might be eligible for and submit one application saving you time and effort.

The website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Fairfax County to find out if they might be able to get: 

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If you already know you are eligible for services, a Virginia Commonhelp account will allow you to quickly and easily:

  • Check and renew benefits

  • Link your account to a specific case

  • Report changes to your account

  • Update your account information

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)


FREE TAX PREPARATION

If you worked in 2018, and earned less than $55,000, then you may be eligible to have a qualified tax preparation volunteer prepare your federal tax return.

IRS certified volunteers will ensure you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

Sites are open starting late January through April 15th, 2019. Click here to see a list of locations.  

Please note that the tax preparation software has changed. Customer who did not come in last season (tax year 2017)  will be required to bring ALL documents listed below.

  1. Photo ID for you and your spouse if filing jointly.
  2. Social Security cards or Tax Payer Identification Number (ITIN) for everyone in the family.
  3. All income statements: W-2, W-P, W-2G & 1099, etc.
  4. All income statements for each working dependent: W-2, etc.
  5. Voided check for direct deposit.
  6. Expense documents: dependent care, education-related expenses, home mortgage interest payments.
  7. Proof of health insurance coverage, i.e. form 1095A, insurance card, Medicare or Medicaid card.
Additional information available in Spanish, click here.

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