It’s Tax Time!
The IRS will begin accepting 2022 returns on January 23, 2023. See below for information on tax preparation and benefits that you may qualify for.
Free Tax Preparation.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or “VITA” sites are set up by non-profits with IRS approval and staffed by trained volunteers. These sites can help you file your taxes and apply for credits.
- Community Tax Aid, 202-830-1480. Call for an appointment & locations.
- Catholic Charities, 202-319-6788. Provided at the Catholic University School of Law at 3600 John McCormack Road NE on Saturdays 9 am-4 pm, starting Feb 4.
- The University of the District of Columbia, 202-274-7002. Call for an appointment. Provided at 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW on Saturdays 10 am-4 pm starting Feb 4.
When more VITA site details are available, Legal Aid will be posting a free tax prep flier on their website, www.legalaiddc.org
The DC Homeowner & Renter Property Tax Credit.
This refundable credit, generally known as the Schedule H credit, is designed to provide relief to low-income households that either pay property taxes directly as homeowners or indirectly through rent payments. Persons who have not been getting the credit (often those who have no other reason to file a DC return) can claim up to three years of credits!
If you didn’t receive your federal stimulus payment from 2020 or 2021, you can still file a federal tax return solely for the purpose of obtaining a Recovery Rebate Credit (the tax credit term for a stimulus payment).
Earned Income Tax Credit.
Many low-income workers are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), available at both the federal and DC level.