Provided by Congressman Gerry Connolly’s Office
On Saturday, March 5, Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) will speak with local community leaders in Woodbridge to urge eligible Virginia residents to use the IRS and Virginia Free File programs to save money and time during this tax season.
Free File is a public-private partnership between the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and tax preparation software companies, which provides millions of people access to brand name software to prepare and securely file their taxes at no cost. The software uses a simple interview-style process to help people identify all the credits and deductions for which they are eligible. Each year, tens of thousands of taxpayers receive a smaller refund because they fail to claim these credits and deductions. For instance, estimates indicate up to 25 percent of people eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) fail to claim it and miss out on a refundable federal tax credit of up to $6,200 (certain states also have a similar EITC).
In general, people with an income of $62,000 or less – 70 percent of all taxpayers – are eligible to use Free File. Virginia is one of 20 states plus the District of Columbia that have formed state Free File programs, enabling eligible taxpayers to file both their federal and state tax return online for free. PWL Since its debut in 2003, over 40 million taxpayers have saved more than $1.3 billion in tax preparation costs through the IRS Free File program.
The briefing will also highlight free tax services provided at the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is implemented in the Northern Virginia area by the Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William County governments and various community organizations through NVACASH – the Northern Virginia Coalition for Creating Assets, Savings and Hope.
Congressman Gerry Connolly (VA-11); Loren Johnson, Internal Revenue Service; Amanda Pedigo, Intuit Financial Freedom Foundation; and Chris Long, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) will speak on Saturday, March 5 at 10:00 a. m. to encourage eligible Virginia residents to use the IRS and VA Free File Programs and VITA and save money this tax season. The meeting will be at the Dr. A. J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Suite 180, Woodbridge.
To access the Virginia Free File program, visit tax.virginia.gov/content/free-file. For the IRS Free File program, visit irs.gov/freefile. More information about the program is also available at CCIA’s website, taxprephelp.org, where taxpayers can also submit their Free File success stories. Information on VITA help can be found at nvacash.org/vita/.