Tax Information & Assistance

STEPS TO TAKE NOW

Get ready today to file your 2016 federal income tax return! Follow the links below for information you can use to prepare yourself for tax season.

IRS Get Ready
Take Steps Now – IRS Publication
IRS’s Frequently Asked Questions

IRS FREE FILE

Use Free File Software if your income is $62,000 or less and Free File Fillable Forms if your income is greater than $62,000.

Free File Software provides free federal tax prep and e-file for taxpayers. Select a brand name software , create an account and then the software guides you through return preparation. Examples of tax software include TurboTax, TaxAct, H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, and TaxSlayer.

File Fillable Forms is a FREE forms-based tool enabling you to select your income tax forms, enter your tax information, print and e-file your federal tax return. If you’re not comfortable completing a paper return by hand, without software to guide you, you should consider another method of filing your tax return.

IRS Free File is a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a group of industry-leading private-sector tax preparation companies that have agreed to provide free commercial online tax preparation and electronic filing. Read more about this partnership.

IRS Free File
IRS: What You Need to Get Started
IRS: Where’s My Refund?

FOR SERVICE MEMBERS & THEIR FAMILIES

Military OneSource
Service members and their families are eligible for free tax software and support. Visit the link above to reach free, easy-to-use MilTax software and support services.

WHERE TO FIND FORMS

You can find and print most tax forms from the IRS website. You should never have to pay a website for a tax form! When in doubt, only download forms from a ‘.gov’ website. Librarians at either the Bryan or College Station branches can print off tax forms for you at $.10 a page. Please note that librarians cannot give tax advice, nor can we choose what tax form you should use!

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT & YOUR TAXES

Most tax filers will just need to check a box on their tax return to indicate that they had coverage all year. These people met the Minimum Essential Coverage requirement, which means that they had the health coverage necessary to meet the Affordable Care Act’s requirement.

Individuals and families enrolled in a health plan through the Marketplace will need to provide some basic information about their health insurance when they file their taxes. All Marketplace consumers will receive a new statement – called a Form 1095-A – that includes all the information they need about their coverage to file their return.

While those who can afford health coverage but chose not to buy it may have to pay a fee, individuals who could not afford coverage or met other conditions can receive an exemption.   If you qualify, receiving an exemption is simple and easy, and means you won’t have to pay a fee.  It is important for individuals to know that exemptions are available and to understand the steps they need to take to request one.

If consumers have questions about their taxes, need to download forms, or want to learn more about the fee for not having insurance, they can find information and resources at www.IRS.gov or www.healthcare.gov/taxes. They can also call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.

More Resources
Affordable Care Act: What You and Your Family Need to Know
Exemption Information
Individual Shared Responsibility Payment Estimator

2017 SCHEDULE OF FREE TAX HELP FROM AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE AT BCS PUBLIC LIBRARIES

As part of the nation’s largest volunteer-run free tax preparation program, AARP volunteers will be at the library to help people fill out their basic federal income tax forms. Volunteers will help with personal income tax forms, not with businesses. Help is intended primarily for people with low to medium incomes, but there is not a specific limit. Help is also not limited to senior citizens.

Bring your ID, social security card, and any tax forms with you. If you have last year’s tax return, bring it with you. Social security numbers (SSN) are required for the taxpayer and any dependents.

If you do not have a SSN and are not eligible to obtain a SSN, but you have a requirement to furnish a federal tax identification number or file a federal income tax return, you must apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). More information about ITINs is available at ITIN Information.

Ending times are when the volunteers leave the library. Arrive early and expect a wait.  Tax help is only provided in person.

RINGER LIBRARY (1818 Harvey Mitchell Pkwy. S., College Station, TX 77845, 979-764-3416)
Mon. and Wed. Feb. 1 – Apr. 18 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues. Apr. 18 ONLY 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 1 – Apr. 18* 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 4 & 11, Apr. 8 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 18 – Apr. 1 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*Library closed Apr. 14-16. Tax help is in the group study rooms at the back.
MOUNCE LIBRARY (201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803, 979-209-5600)
Mon. Feb. 1 – Apr. 18 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tue. Feb. 1 – Apr. 18 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 1 ONLY 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 1 – Apr. 18* 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 4 & 11, Apr. 8 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 18 – Apr. 1 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
*Library closed Apr. 14-16. Tax help is in the meeting room on the second floor.


NEED MORE HELP?

If you are having tax problems and have not been able to resolve them with the IRS, the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) may be able to help you. This is a free service. Follow the link to locate your nearest TAS office.

Taxpayer Advocate

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