DOES Offers Free Tax Services

2/24/2012, 3:02 p.m.

D.C. Residents can File State and Federal Taxes for Free

D.C. residents who need help preparing and filing their 2011 state and federal taxes will not have to look far for relief. Beginning on Monday, February 27, the D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) Project Empowerment program, in conjunction with MyFreeTaxes.com, will prepare and help individuals or families self-file their taxes online for free.

"This is the first year that DOES has collaborated with MyFreeTaxes.com to offer D.C. residents an alternative to trying to figure out how to properly complete tax forms," said Charles Jones, Associate Director for Project Empowerment. "We want to make sure that all D.C. residents who need assistance preparing and filing their taxes receive help. The good news is that they will not be charged a penny."

Any individual or family that earns under $57,000 a year will qualify to receive help preparing and filing their taxes online by trained tax volunteers for free. Individuals who want to take advantage of the service will need to bring a social security or individual taxpayer identification Numbers (ITIN) for each family member and working adults; W2s; 1099s and other income forms; childcare provider name, address and tax ID; and bank routing and account numbers for checking and saving accounts.

Trained tax volunteers from the United Way's National Capital Area will assist individuals file their taxes. The tax service will be available to District residents at the DOES headquarters located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue N.E. adjacent to the Minnesota Avenue Metro station on the Orange Line. The days and hours the service will be offered next week are below:

Monday, February 27 - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28 - 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 29 -12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 1 -- 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, March 2 -- 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

"Our mission primary mission at DOES is to help D.C. residents find jobs," said Jones. "At this time of year when taxes are on everyone's mind, we think it is important for DOES to let all residents know we are here to help them and will work with Myfreetaxes.com to make their tax filing process as easy as possible."

MyFreeTaxes.com is a service provided by the One Economy Corporation, the Walmart Foundation, the National Disability Institute's Real Economy Impact Tour, and United Way Worldwide.

For more information contact: David Thompson at 202-671-1904 or David.Thompson4@dc.gov