What are my tax refund plans?

Whatever your plans are for using your tax refund, if you earned less than $60,000.00 last year, you can keep more of it by going to one of the FREE tax preparation sites located throughout Pinellas County. You can have your federal tax return prepared, e-filed and direct deposited for FREE. You don’t need to pay $200 or more for simple tax preparation.

IRS-certified volunteers will prepare your taxes and ensure you get the largest refund for which you qualify. You may also be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) when you file. Getting a tax refund will not affect government benefits such as Medicaid, Social Security, Kidcare, Housing Assistance, TANF, AFDC or Food Stamps.

Be sure to bring the following information when you come for your in-person tax preparation:

  • 2013 federal income tax return
  • Social Security cards and correct birthdates for all family members
  • Photo IDs (If filing jointly, both spouses must present an ID and be present)
  • W-2 forms for all jobs worked in 2014
  • All 1098 forms (for mortgage, higher education expenses, etc.)
  • All 1099 & other income forms
  • Form 1095 (ACA Healthcare)
  • Amount of any income not reported on a statement
  • Records of deductible and qualified expenses not shown on a statement
  • A voided check and/or savings account number for direct-deposit (encouraged)
  • Name, address and tax ID or social security number of any child care providers

If you are interested in having your tax refund work for you by helping build or rebuild credit, please contact Neighborhood Home Solutions (NHS). NHS has been serving the community since 1980 and has helped transform the lives of individuals and families through one-on-one counseling, financial education classes and homebuyer education workshops.

If one of your goals for 2015 is purchasing a home, NHS is here to guide you in using your tax refund to help you on your path to first-time homeownership.

This tax season, use your tax refund to help build your financial future!

NHS is a 501 (c) (3) HUD approved nonprofit housing counseling organization. Services are provided free of charge. Partners include the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HomeFree USA, Florida Hardest-Hit Fund, Pinellas County Community Development, and the City of St. Petersburg. Sources for this article include United Way Suncoast and JWB (Juvenile Welfare Board).

PINELLAS LOCATIONS Free Tax Preparation

Childs Park YMCA | 691 43rd Street South | St. Petersburg, FL 33711 | 727-209-9622

Daystar Life Center | 226 6th Street South | St. Petersburg, FL 33701 | 727-823-5993

Enoch Davis Center | 1111 18th Avenue South | St. Petersburg, FL 33705 | 727-893-7134

GRAYDI Neighborhood | Family Center | 13420 Adams Circle | Largo, FL 33774 | 727-584-7200

High Point Neighborhood | Family Center | 5812 150th Avenue South | Clearwater, FL 33760 | 727-533-0730

ICAI Hispanic Outreach Center | 612 Franklin Street | Clearwater, FL 33756 | 727-445-9734

James B. Sanderlin Family Center | 2335 22nd Avenue South | St. Petersburg, FL 33712 | 727-321-9444

Lealman & Asian Neighborhood | Family Center | 4255 56th Avenue North | St. Petersburg, FL 33714 | 727-520-9820

Mattie Williams Neighborhood | Family Center | 1001 Dr. MLK, Jr. Street North | Safety Harbor, FL 34695 | 727-791-8255

Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Center | 900 N. MLK Avenue | Clearwater, FL 33755 | 727-442-5355

Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce | 6990 Gulf Blvd. | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706 | 727-360-6957

Union Academy Family Center – CAP | 401 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. | Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 | 727-934-5881

For more information: Call 2-1-1 or visit unitedwaysuncoast.org/free-tax-help

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