Wellness Wednesday – Resources to Prepare for Your Income Taxes

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Well-being and a balanced life go beyond physical well-being. Financial wellbeing — or the ability to live a financially healthy life — comes from having the freedom and security to deal with financial emergencies while staying on track to enjoy life and achieve financial goals. While laying a solid foundation for building a financial future takes time and planning, there are free and inexpensive resources available to build financial literacy that can lead to financial well-being and better mental, physical, and emotional health.

General financial knowledge, budgeting, and credit and credit management are important cornerstones of financial literacy. Tax filing assistance resources are a priority at this time of year, however. If the thought of filing taxes yourself inspires anxiety, there are a few programs worth checking out.

local help

  • OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling offers three ways to use IRS-certified volunteers:
    • Easier self-help: If you want to create your own taxes but feel you need extra help, email for help with simple tax questions.
    • Virtual tax preparation: Upload images or scans of your tax documents to a secure online portal and your tax return will be prepared remotely with communication via chats on the portal and scheduled phone calls.
    • Drive in and wait: If you’d prefer to bring your tax records to OnTrack’s office on South French Broad Avenue, make an appointment to turn in your records and wait for them to be prepared.
  • UNC Asheville is offering free tax prep assistance Saturdays through April 2 at the Pack Memorial Library. 26 students volunteer through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to offer free income tax preparation to families with incomes under $72,000, older adults, and those with disabilities or limited English language skills. For more information or to book an appointment, Visit their website.
  • Buncombe County Public Libraries is offering free tax prep for low- and middle-income taxpayers February 1 through April 15, with a special focus on those 60 and older. Weaverville or Pack Memorial branches during library hours, fill out your package, and meet with a volunteer accountant during your scheduled appointment. For more information, see Buncombe County website.

federal resources

  • With the Internal Revenue System (IRS) free file utility, you can Prepare and file your federal income tax online using guided tax preparation, free fillable forms, or on a partner site. To receive a free federal tax return, you must select an IRS Free File Provider through the IRS website.
  • Tax assistance for people with disabilities provides tax relief for disabled natural taxpayers and information on how to prepare a tax return. To qualify, one member of the household must be disabled or care for a disabled person. No application is required for this program.
  • the Armed Forces Tax Benefits The law allows tax benefits or relief for special tax situations for active duty US service members. Information on these special tax benefits for members of the armed forces can be found in Publication 3, Army Tax Guide.
  • For the Education Loan Consolidation Program and other programs offered by the federal government, see Benefits.gov.
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