Arkansas Asset Builders has helped households in our community to claim over $1.5 million in federal and state tax refunds over the past six years. Every dollar that we return to our community helps hardworking individuals and families make ends meet and generates up to 10x its value in local economic activity.
By providing free tax preparation, we help our clients avoid costly tax preparation fees and predatory tax-time financial products that can reduce the value of a family’s tax return by hundreds of dollars. We estimate that each return our volunteers prepare saves our clients $250 in fees—a total of nearly $100,000 in fees avoided annually for our clients.
Taxpayers across the country can access free tax assistance through any of the programs listed below.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Free in-person tax preparation services are provided by IRS-certified volunteers and are held to rigorous IRS preparation standards. These free services are available to qualifying low- and moderate-income individuals and families, including:
- People who generally make $60,000 or less
- Persons with disabilities
- Limited English-speaking taxpayers
- People 60 years old or older
We offer VITA services to the Central Arkansas area from our tax sites based in Conway. Click here for more info or to book an appointment with us. You may be able to find another VITA site closer to you using this search tool.
Free Online tax Help
There are also additional online resources that provide the same trusted support from IRS-certified preparers.
GetYourRefund.org lets you upload pictures of your W-2s and other tax papers, so an IRS-certified tax preparer can complete your tax return for you and help you to file your taxes. This service is absolutely free and available to qualifying taxpayers with annual income under $66,000. All services are provided remotely over the internet. You never have to travel to a tax site or sit in a waiting room, although you will need to be comfortable using a smart phone.
Taxpayers can also use MyFreeTaxes.com to file your own taxes online with the help of certified VITA volunteers. Any household with income under $73,000 can file federal and state taxes online absolutely free and get live technical or tax-law assistance via email or chat support.
Additional IRS FreeFile software options are available to qualifying households with income less than $73,000. Check the requirements of each program to make sure that you can file for free before starting your return. No volunteer assistance is available with these programs, and there may be fees charged for customer support and other additional services.