Tax Answers

All in-person tax clinics at the library have been suspended to protect staff, volunteers, and taxpayers, and to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please check this site periodically for information, as things will change in the coming weeks. 

Filing Deadlines Adjusted

Federal Tax Day is now July 15: The IRS has extended the deadline for filing and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed. For more details, please visit this IRS page.

For federal tax resources during COVID-19, visit the IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief page.

State of Virginia Tax Day is May 1: All income tax filing deadlines remain the same, including the May 1, 2020 individual income tax filing due date. However, Virginia does already have an automatic, 6-month extension to file (7 months for certain corporations). If you file during the extension period, make sure you still pay any taxes owed by June 1, 2020 to avoid penalties. Any income tax payments due during the time period of April 1, 2020, to June 1, 2020, will now be due on June 1, 2020. This includes individual and corporate income taxes paid to Virginia Tax. Late payment penalties will not be charged if payments are made by June 1, 2020. However, interest will still accrue, so if you can pay by the original filing due date of May 1, you should. For more information:

Tax Filing Assistance Available Online 

  • AARP Online Tax Counseling: The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides information to help you complete your federal tax return. The site offers frequently asked questions and an opportunity to ask questions of trained volunteers. If you meet these eligibility requirementsopens a new window, they offer no-cost access to select tax preparation software hereopens a new window so you can prepare and file your taxes online. 
  • United Way Free Filing From Home: Thanks to online tools provided by Intuit and MyFreeTaxes, you can file your taxes from the comfort of your own home. 
  • IRS Free File Program: If you can answer 'yes' to any of the questions below, you qualify for federal and state filing.    
    • Is your adjusted gross income (AGI) $36,000 or less?
    • Were you active duty military in 2019 with an AGI of $69,000 or less?
    • Do you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EIC)?

The Library does not endorse any service provider or the products or services they provide. You should always conduct your own due diligence when selecting a tax preparation service provider.

Internal Revenue Service

  • IRS Forms and Publications Download forms and instructions for the present year back to 1996. Adobe Acrobat Reader is freely available to download and use for viewing and printing documents. You may also read lengthy publications online if you desire. Files may be searched by keyword. Some of the more popular forms are available in a "fill-in" version. This page also links to states' tax sites and electronic filing options. Check the IRS Newsroom for more information.
  • IRS.gov/account gives secure access information about your federal tax account.  You can view the amount you owe, pay online or set up an online payment agreement; access your tax records online; review the past 18 months of payment history; and view key tax return information for the current year as filed.  Visit IRS.gov/secureaccess to review the required identity authentication process.
  • Let Us Help You page helps answer most tax questions
  • IRS Services Guide 

Where to get a transcript of past tax returns:

  • Order Online. The fastest way to get a Tax Return or Account transcript is through the ‘Get Transcript’ tool available on IRS.gov.
  • Order by phone. You can also order by phone at 800-908-9946 and follow the prompts.
  • Order by mail. To order your tax return transcript by mail, complete and mail either Form 4506-T or Form 4506T-EZ. Form 4506-T can also be used to request other tax records: tax account transcript, record of account, wage and income and verification of non-filing.

Other Resources

  • AARP Online Tax Counseling The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) provides information to help you complete your federal tax return. The site offers frequently asked questions and an opportunity to ask questions of trained volunteers.
  • Virginia Department of Taxation Individuals are encouraged to file electronically using iFile. You can find Virginia tax forms from 2009-present online. Answers to frequently-asked questions and forms for businesses and estates can be found on the department's homepage. State forms and publications may be found online here. You may also request that forms be mailed to your home.
  • Spotsylvania County Treasurer: Spotsylvania residents can pay their personal property taxes, real estate taxes, and other county bills online using their credit cards.
  • Stafford County, Office of the Treasurer This site has information about other county regulations. Stafford residents can pay their personal property and real estate taxes online.
  • Westmoreland County Treasurer's Office: Information on how taxes are assessed. Taxes may be paid in person, by mail, or online.
  • City of Fredericksburg - The Commissioner of the Revenue: Personal property taxes and real estate taxes may be paid online.
  • Tax Policy Center Provides timely, accessible analysis and facts about tax policy to policymakers, journalists, citizens, and researchers via tax fact sheets and analysis.
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