Attention: Due to the continuously evolving coronavirus situation in Fairfax County, all of the in-person tax assistance workshops listed below are postponed until further notice.
Tax season is here. Navigating the rules, revisions and timelines of local, state and federal taxes can be daunting for many, but we’re here to help you get the best outcome. Fairfax County offers several free county resources that can help you conquer those taxes.
Tax Relief Workshops
The Board of Supervisors hosts a series of free tax relief workshops each year at locations throughout the county. Real estate tax relief is available for older adults and people with disabilities who meet certain qualifications. You may also be eligible for car tax relief or tax relief for renters. County staff from the Department of Tax Administration will be on hand to assist with filling out the application forms and to answer questions. Learn more about tax relief in Fairfax County.
Free Income Tax Preparation
Help is also available with federal and state taxes! The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families who earned $56,000 or less in 2019. IRS trained and certified volunteers are available at 15 sites throughout Northern Virginia. They will ensure you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
For those who prefer to file their own taxes, there is a Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) option available at the Gerry Hyland Government Center in South County. Trained and certified volunteers will be on-site to answer questions or assist as needed.
Income Assistance for Older Adults: County Library branches also host the AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program, which provides free help in preparing and filing state and federal income tax returns. Offered in cooperation with the IRS, the Tax Aide Program provides free tax assistance services for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention given to those age 50 and over.
Additional Tax Information
Doing your taxes can be overwhelming. Our Consumer Affairs team has a number of free information resources to help.