Don’t be a sucker. You don’t have to be a CPA to do your taxes. You don’t have to go to Jackson Hewitt or H & R Block. Don’t fall prey to the dancing Statues of Liberty and Uncle Sams. You can complete and file your federal and state taxes with no cost in the comfort of your own home (or anywhere you have internet access).
Don’t be a dummy, either. I have seen plenty of folks who got their W2s together to give to someone else to do their taxes for a fee. it is not wise to break off some change to some lady in the hood you know to file your taxes. How do you know she is qualified? What are you going to do if you get audited by the IRS (Hey, it can happen…)? You might as well do it yourself and use an official service, so you can keep 100% of your return and have someone to call/blame when you get in a jam.
Doing your taxes is very simple if you just follow the prompts provided by your tax preparation software of choice. The IRS has kindly put a list together of free filing software providers for you on their website: https://apps.irs.gov/app/freeFile/jsp/index.jsp?ck
If you try to do your taxes and you still need 1 on 1 assistance, there are community resources available here in town to advise you on or assist you with your taxes.
Next Step KC operates several IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) tax preparation sites in the Kansas City area. VITA offers free tax help to hard-working taxpayers with incomes of $54,000 and below who cannot prepare their own tax returns.
Click the image to the right for their flyer or visit their website for more info: nextstepkc.org/free-tax-preparation
You can also search on the IRS website for tax prep help sites at irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/