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It is tax time. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) deadline for federal tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2024. There are several tax preparation options including filing yourself using the IRS Free File, using a third-party commercial tax preparer software, or hiring a commercial tax preparation firm or tax professional. United States citizens can file their own taxes using the free Facilitated Self Assisted Site (FSA) at http://www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes/.

Alabama Extension Tax Assistance

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has partnered with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Volunteer Connection of Central Alabama (VCCA) to offer free tax preparation assistance services for some filers in Macon County. To be VITA eligible, people must either earn an income of $56,000 or less per year, have a disability, have difficultly speaking English, or be a senior citizen (ages 60 or older).

Locations

In addition to tax filing assistance, these sites will also offer other supportive tax resources, such as financial programs, information, and publications like the Alabama Extension WISE Money Management Calendar. Assistance at each location is free. In addition to the VITA and VCCA partnership, some locations have a local partner.

Macon and Surrounding Counties

  • When: Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until February 21. Services are limited to first 12 people on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Where: Macon County Extension office – 207 North Main St., Tuskegee, Alabama 36083
  • Requirement: $56,000 income threshold. There is no drop-off service available.
  • Key Staff
    • Willie Boyd, VITA coordinator
    • Janice Hall, VITA site and county Extension coordinator

For more information on this assistance, contact the Macon County Extension office at (334) 727-0340 or jehall@aces.edu. Find other information about the county Extension office on their website or Facebook page.

2023 Impacts

In 2023, several Alabama Extension county offices were able to assist many individuals and families with cost-free tax preparation. Participants were positively impacted by this service in their communities.

“The service is free but educational. I learned a lot.” — Macon County Resident

“They do excellent work and it’s no charge.” — Macon County Resident

“I feel comfortable with knowing my taxes were done correctly.” — Macon County Resident

More Information

For more useful tax suggestions, see the Extension Brief, Five Tips for Taxes. Also, the 2023 WISE Money Management Calendar offers a comprehensive list of documents for tax preparation and recordkeeping.