Nashville, TN – The Internal Revenue Service today alerted Tennesseans about two significant tax benefits that are sometimes missed.
“The IRS offers options that can boost your tax refund and let you avoid paying a tax preparation fee,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.
First, those who worked some part of 2011 but made less than $49,078 may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which can increase tax refunds by as much as $5,751. Workers with qualifying children get the highest amount of EITC.Second, people whose household income was less than $50,000 or who are age 60 or older can have their taxes prepared and e-filed free at one of 177 community help sites in 53 Tennessee counties.
Many of the help sites are opening this week.
These sites are staffed by IRS-trained and certified volunteers and are usually coordinated by local nonprofits or government agencies. Residents can locate the closest site by calling their community’s 211 number for local services or by calling the IRS at 1.800.906.9887.