Some may qualify for free help with tax returns

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Senior citizens or people with low-to-moderate income can find free help to prepare their income tax returns at tax preparation sites throughout Idaho. To find the sites closest to them, taxpayers can go to the Idaho State Tax Commission’s web site and click on the “Free Income Tax Help” link under the “Quick Picks” section. The sites, sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation, are listed together by county.

The free help offered at these locations is designed for taxpayers with simple federal and Idaho tax returns. Those who are submitting a state return only to get a grocery credit refund can also get help, as well as those filing a federal return only to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit. People with complicated returns should seek help from a professional preparer.

All of the locations offer electronic filing for faster refunds, and some offer help in Spanish. The Tax Commission recommends that people check its web site the day they want to visit one of the sites because the free tax help listing can change periodically.

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