Free to taxpayers of all ages, the Marshall County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will be providing free income tax preparation and electronic filing for you again this year, which will allow most taxpayers to file not only their federal, but also their state return electronically.

The IRS starts accepting returns on January 27. No one can file before this date – even if you prepare your own return, or have someone else prepare it for you. Our tax sites will open to prepare your returns now and file them on January 27. Come in early, get it done and let us worry about filing it.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that a new law requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until mid-February. In addition, the IRS wants taxpayers to be aware it will take several days for these refunds to be released and processed through financial institutions. Factoring in weekends and the President’s Day holiday, the IRS cautions that many affected taxpayers may not have actual access to their refunds until February 27, if they chose direct deposit and there are no other issues with the tax return.

Preparation of individual income tax returns will be offered at the following locations during the tax season and no appointment is necessary:

Guntersville Rec Center

January 28–April 9, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (April 9 no new returns)

Albertville Center on Broad

Jan. 31–Feb. 28, M, W & F – 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. (Closed Feb. 17)

March 2-April 10, M & F — 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (April 10 close at noon)

Arab Senior Center

Jan. 28–Feb.27, T, W & Th — 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

March 4-April 9, W & Th — 9 a..m. to 3 p.m. (April 9 close at noon)

Boaz Public Safety Bldg.

Jan. 27–April 7, M noon-5 p.m., T 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Feb. 3–Feb. 27, Thursdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Scottsboro Rec Ctr.

January 23-April 9

Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The IRS and the Alabama Department of Revenue are encouraging all taxpayers to file electronically. You can file federal and state income taxes electronically for free through all of the sites listed above. When you come into the site, one of the assistors will help you to file an electronic return. With a joint return, both spouses must sign the return before it can be processed. If you owe money, electronic filing allows you to file your return the day it is prepared and you can wait until any time before April 15 to send in the money you owe. If you are receiving a refund, it can be processed more quickly by having the funds directly deposited into your bank account or into multiple accounts, such as checking, savings and retirement savings accounts.

If you have a tax question that can be answered by telephone, assistors will be available to help you three Mondays on February 3, 10, & 24 (Monday 17th is a holiday) from 10 a.m.-noon at 256-571-7734.

This tax program, a volunteer income tax assistance program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service, RSVP and United Way, offers special assistance to those with special needs, including older taxpayers, shut-ins and persons with disabilities. By calling 256-571-7734 to make an appointment, a tax assistor will help you with your tax return at any of the Senior Centers or Nursing Homes in Marshall County.

Forty-eight RSVP volunteers have completed an IRS training course in basic income tax preparation for Federal Form 1040 and Alabama forms, including accompanying Schedules A, B, C, D, EIC, SE and numerous Forms. These trained volunteers can alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible, such as Earned Income Credit, child tax, child care, education, medical savings, and tax credit for the elderly.

Sites are all walk-in, first come, first served, no appointment. All tax preparation is done in strict confidence. Remember to Bring Last Year‘s Return, Photo ID (Alabama Driver’s License, required to file Alabama return), health insurance coverage (1095-A, B or C), copy of a check with bank routing number and account number for direct deposit and Social Security Cards for all Family Members.

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