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Community Tax Aid does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, and reprisal for previous civil rights activities. CTA will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with physical disabilities, sensory loss, or limited English proficiency. These accommodations will be provided at no cost to the taxpayer.

Tax preparation assistance.

A special message to members of the military
Although, our volunteers are not trained to serve members of the military, the volunteers with the Military Tax Resource Center have you covered: https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal/tax-resource-center/

Tax Preparation Assistance Options

Don’t need to file, but need to enroll for the Advanced Child Tax Credit

Use the IRS non-filer portal to file a simplified 2020 tax return. Find information at: https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/advance-child-tax-credit-payments-in-2021
Before you get started, make sure to check out this step by step guide from the IRS: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p5538.pdf

Prepare and File your federal and state tax return on-line on your own

Option available until October 15th.
Use free, online software to prepare and electronically file your own return for free.
See information at: ctadc.org 

Virtual Option

Option available June 7 to October 15.  With the virtual option, you will use the weblink we provide to answer questions and upload documents into a secure environment. After you upload your documents, a volunteer will connect with you via telephone to review your tax situation and make sure everything is ready for preparation. Depending on your preferences, a volunteer preparer will contact you via text, email or phone if they need additional information to complete your tax return. After review of the tax return you will be contacted by phone to sort out any other details and to review your return. You will receive the completed return electronically electronically sign the return. This process takes one to four weeks depending on the complexity of your tax return and the availabiltiy of volunteers.

Please note:

      • You need an email address to use the virtual option
      • This service is limited to families whose income is less than $57,000
      • We are only trained to prepare state returns for DC, MD and VA
      • To guard against identity theft, the IRS requires that we see a valid government photo ID
      • To guard against identity theft, the IRS requires that we see a copy of your social security card OR your social security statement OR your ITIN letter (unless you have never been issued a social security number or ITIN).
        Lost your social security card? see: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html
        Don’t have these identity documents? You do not need these documents to prepare your own tax return using free software. See www.ctadc.org for more information.

Click here to let us know you are interested in virtual assistance.

Limited Contact Drop-Off/Pick Up Services

Monthly clinics through October 15th.  With this service, you will receive an appointment to come in for your intake interview and to bring your documents to be copied or scanned. The tax return will be prepared and reviewed at a later time by volunteers working remotely. The volunteers will contact you if they need additional information to complete your tax return. When the return is completed, you will be contacted to set an appointment to come back and pick up your completed tax return, usually within 14 days.

Please note:

      • This service is limited to families whose income is less than $57,000
      • We are only trained to prepare state returns for DC, MD and VA
      • To guard against identity theft, the IRS requires that we see a valid government photo ID
      • To guard against identity theft, the IRS requires that we see a copy of your social security card OR your social security statement OR your ITIN letter (unless you have never been issued a social security number or ITIN).
        Lost your social security card? see: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html
        Don’t have these identity documents? You do not need these documents to prepare your own tax return using free software. See www.ctadc.org for more information.

If you want to be added to a list of taxpayers to be called for summer/fall 2021 appointments,
leave a message at 202-830-1480.