April 15 will be here before you know it. Although some people do their own taxes - whether by hand or with the help of prep software online, many people choose to get some help from someone.  Usually that help comes with a visit to a tax professional - which isn't necessarily cheap.

But there are other options.  And, those options could be free to you.

Residents who live in Superior or Douglas County can take advantage of a variety of different free sources for tax preparation help. Two of those sources are in-person, and another is an online model.

The Superior Public Library is a tax resource - providing the forms, instruction booklets, and more needed to do your taxes by hand if you want.  They also have computers with internet access available to library patrons; you only need a library card to access and use them.

Additionally - the Superior Public Library is once again the location for AARP Tax Aide. This service provides free in-person tax preparation appointments that are available for anyone.  There are no income or age requirements  in order to take part.  However you do need to register and make an advance appointment; walk ins are no allowed.  Here are the dates and times available for sign ups:

  • January 23:  10:30 AM to 12 Noon
  • January 26:  10:30 AM to 12 Noon
  • January 30: 12 Noon to 2:00 PM
  • February 2: 10:30 AM to 12 Noon

Then, according to the Superior Telegram [paywall], "[t]axes will be prepared by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays, February 6 through April 6, from noon to 4:00 PM".

There is also tax assistance being offered through the Volunteer Income Tax  Assistance (VITA) program, being hosted by Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency.  While this program is free,there are income limitations.  VITA - an "IRS-sponsored program helps low-and middle-income people" with incomes up to $60,000.  To sign up for this program, stop by the Wisconsin Community Services Agency office:  1119 Tower Avenue, Superior - Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM to Noon and 12:45 PM to 4:30 PM.

Finally, there is that free virtual filing option that is available via a sponsorship with the United Way.  "Those who make...up to $73,000 per year can file  free income tax return from home through myFreeTaxes.com".

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