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Free Tax Prep for Unemployed Workers

By March 12, 2013

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Are you unemployed and need help with your tax return, but can't afford to pay? There is assistance available for both unemployed and employed workers whose income is below a certain level.  The service is also free for people with disabilities.

MyFreeTaxes provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for individuals earning under $57,000 a year. Online state and federal tax preparation and filing are 100% free. The service is provided by the Walmart Foundation in cooperation with Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way Worldwide.

You can prepare your taxes and electronically file your return for free using one of the IRS Free File websites. William Perez, About.com Guide to Taxes, has information on the top 10 free tax preparation programs.

About.com Guide to Financial Software, Shelley Elmblad, helps you compare the top free tax software to find out what you really get with each and what you might need to pay for. Here's how to find the best free tax software.

If you're more comfortable sitting down with someone to get help, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) VITA Program offers free in-person tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities.

There is another free program (TCE) that assists people over age 60 with their tax returns.  Here's information on IRS free tax return preparation.  Or you can call 2-1-1 to find a free tax prep site run by IRS-certified volunteers who will help people file their federal and state returns if income qualified.

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