As Ben Franklin so famously said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We cannot do away with either of these, but we can make your life a little easier with free county resources during the upcoming tax season.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): If you worked in 2016, and earned less than $54,000, then you may qualify for this free service provided by community volunteers who are designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as certified tax preparers. They will ensure that you receive the maximum tax refund and help determine if you are eligible for tax credits. You will need to bring photo ID and other documents.
Families throughout Northern Virginia received over $9.5 million in federal refunds last tax season through this free service.
Watch this video about the VITA program and how it can help you:
Income Assistance for Older Adults: Our 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.
Doing your taxes can be overwhelming and complicated. There are a number of free information resources to help you through the process:
- Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer
- State Income Tax Information
- Tax Forms and Information From the Library
- Information for People with Disabilities
Customer Service Phone Numbers:
Federal Income Tax
(Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
Virginia State Income Tax
(Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Fairfax County Taxes
(Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
On the local tax front, the Board of Supervisors will host a series of free tax relief workshops in March at several 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 and 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.