Do you have a simple return? Do you have an email address? Is your household income less than $57,000 per year? Then let us help you prepare your own tax returns. The IRS has started a new Facilitated Self Assistance (FSA) initiative. Under FSA, taxpayers prepare their own returns using an online interview-based software, while IRS-certified volunteers stand ready to assist with tax questions.
Clients log in to Myfreetaxes.com/DukeLawVITA from a remote location and can receive answers to their tax questions by emailing VITAservices@law.duke.edu. An IRS certified volunteer will respond via email no later than the next business day. Normal business hours for email responses are Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
To e-file your 2012 tax return or other electronic forms, you must verify your identity with your Self-Select PIN or Adjusted Gross Income from your 2011 tax return. Prior to beginning FSA be sure that you have the correct name spelling, social security number and date of birth for everyone claimed on the return. Have all tax documents including W-2′s, interest statements and 1099′s. You do not have to complete the entire return in one sitting. The software allows you to save your information and return to the site at another date.