It’s Not Too Late to File Your Income Taxes!
The IRS deadlineopens a new window this year is July 15, as is the California deadlineopens a new window. If you need even more time, you can apply for an IRS extension hereopens a new window. Note this caveat from the IRS, “Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020opens a new window".
California’s Franchise Tax Board extension beyond July 15 is automatic and is October 15, 2020, although “ … tax money owed must be paid or postmarked by Wednesday, July 15opens a new window.”
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), IRS, and United Way Bay Area provide helpful resources for preparing your taxes.
EARN it KEEP it SAVE it
... is a service of the United Way Bay Areaopens a new window.
- Some tax websites provide in-person tax help. Check the EARN it KEEP it SAVE it listopens a new window frequently for up-to-date information.
- File online with help from United Way’s partner, Code for Americaopens a new window and its service GetYourRefund.orgopens a new window.
- For more services, see the EARN it KEEP it SAVE itopens a new window website.
Internal Revenue Service
The IRS offers free basic tax return preparation to qualified persons through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programopens a new window. Find a VITA provider office location near youopens a new window (Enter your ZIP code and click “Find.”) or call (800) 829-1040.
San Mateo Network of Care
Provides sources for tax helpopens a new window for older adults and people with disabilities.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) offers online tax assistance via AARP Foundation Tax-Aideopens a new window, or call toll-free 888-OUR-AARP. For in-person assistance, check the AARP Tax-Aide Site Locatoropens a new window.
Remember the deadline date (and extensions), July 15, 2020. With help from these organizations, you’ll complete your tax returns and vanquish a worry!