Money Mondays: Tax Resources for People with Disabilities
Tax season is here! If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to organize your financial information and start preparing and filing your tax forms. There are a number of resources available to help you file your taxes, and you may qualify for some additional tax benefits.
If you or someone you know has a disability and need help filing taxes this year, there are a number of resources that are available:
- Download accessible forms and publications. The IRS offers content in a number of accessible formats to accommodate people who use assistive technology including screen reading software, refreshable Braille displays, and voice recognition software. The tax forms and publications can be downloaded or viewed online.
- Watch the IRS Accessibility video. The video highlights how to find accessible tax information, products and services.
- Visit an IRS volunteer tax site. The IRS offers volunteer sites that help individuals with a low- to moderate-income (about $52,000 or less) obtain free tax preparation assistance. These sites are managed by volunteers that are certified by the IRS. Visit www.irs.gov/Individuals/Find-a-Location-for-Free-Tax-Prep to find a site in your state.
- File your taxes online for free with MyFreeTaxes.com. The service helps people access free tax preparation and filing assistance services online at home, at a community center or with the help of a nonprofit partner.
If you or someone else listed on your federal tax return has a disability, you may be eligible for a number of tax benefits. As you begin to prepare to file your taxes, keep these benefits in mind to make sure you’re taking advantage of any benefits for which you may qualify. If you would like to read more about the tax implications of certain disability benefits and other issues, read Publication 907, Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities.
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