Free tax prep and filing still available to assist extension filers

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Internal Revenue Service and a number of its community partners continue to offer free tax help to taxpayers who have an extension to file or who missed the deadline to file their federal individual income tax returns for Tax Year 2014.

Free electronic tax preparation and filing using IRS FreeFile is available to taxpayers through Oct. 15, 2015.

Free basic tax help is also available to qualifying area taxpayers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA links taxpayers whose income was generally $53,000 or less in 2014 to IRS-certified tax preparation volunteers. VITA volunteer training highlights special tax credits available to qualifying taxpayers, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly.

Filing a Tax Year 2014 return is especially important for thousands of taxpayers who purchase health coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace.

“If you received advance payments of the Premium Tax Credit in 2014 under the ACA, you should file your 2014 tax return as soon as possible to ensure you can timely receive advance payments of the PTC during 2016,” said Jennifer Jenkins, IRS spokesperson for Ohio.

The Potter’s House Ministries, 5409 Winchester Ave,. Portsmouth, continues to offer VITA services to qualifying taxpayers through the Oct. 15 extension deadline and beyond. Those with questions specific to this VITA site can call 1-740-776-4004 for information.

To find the closest volunteer site throughout Ohio and nationwide, use the VITA Locator Tool at or call 1-800-906-9887.