Tax Answers

Tax Answers

IRS.gov: The deadline to file federal income taxes is Monday, April 15. Visit the IRS website for tax information, including refund status, filing for an extension, and getting economic payment information.

Rappahannock United Way Prosper Tax Services: Free self-service online tax filing for households with annual income below $80,000.

Virginia Tax: Most people must file their Virginia tax returns by May 1 of each year. Additional information on Virginia tax filing deadlines can be found here. Options for filing electronically can be found here.

Free Tax Preparation Clinics

IRS-trained volunteers will help prepare simple tax returns.

Required Documents
  • Photo IDs
  • Social Security cards for all names on tax returns
  • Last year's tax return
  • All forms and receipts (W2, 1099, 1095-A, etc.)
  • Childcare provider's ID number
  • Amount of any other income or economic stimulus payments if received
  • Advanced child credit payments received
  • Bank routing and account numbers if requesting direct deposit

Dates and availability are subject to change. Please see the online event calendar for any cancellations.

Rappahannock United Way Tax Clinics

Mondays, March 4 - April 8

Howell

3:00-7:00pm

Tuesdays, January 30 - April 9

Fredericksburg

3:00-7:00pm

Wednesdays, January 31 - April 10

Porter

3:00-7:00pm

1st Saturdays: March 2, & April 6

Cooper

9:00-1:00pm

Maximum income of $80,000 regardless of family size. Tax sites will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visit ruwfreetaxes.org or call 540-373-0041 for more information about site locations and filing options.

AARP Tax Clinics

Mondays & Saturdays, February 3-April 8

Howell

9:00-1:00pm

Wednesdays & Fridays, February 7-April 12

All Salem Church appointments have been filled. Please contact the branch to be added to a wait list.

Salem Church

9:00-2:00pm

Pick up an AARP tax preparation packet at Howell or Salem Church branches during open hours.

Once you have received and completed the packet, call the library (540-372-1144) to set up an appointment for tax preparation. Be sure to bring all necessary documents and your completed packet to your appointment.

You’ll need to be available by phone during the time your taxes are being prepared in case of questions, and be available to pick up your documents and completed tax return the same day.

Once your IRS-trained volunteer completes your tax preparation (usually 2 hours), they will contact you to return to sign your documents.

Online Forms & Other Tax Resources

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 Interactive Tax Assistant

  • The Interactive Tax Assistant (ITA) is a tool that provides answers to a number of tax law questions.
  • It can determine if a type of income is taxable, if you're eligible to claim certain credits, and if you can deduct expenses on your tax return.
  • It also provides answers for general questions, such as determining your filing status, if you can claim dependents, if you have to file a tax return, etc.

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.
  • You may also request that forms be mailed to your home, or download them in Adobe portable document format (.pdf) from home or in the library. Otherwise, forms are not being mailed out.

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.

Where to get transcripts 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.

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