COVID-19 Updates

 

2021 TAX PREPARATION SERVICES
 
UPDATE: Federal and Virginia State Individual Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extended to May 17, 2021. Taxpayers encouraged to file electronically and request refund through direct deposit. For more information, click here.
 
COVID-19 Significantly Impacts Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly Programs
 
Due to safety precautions and health care guidelines during the pandemic, the IRS has determined that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for Elderly (TCE) programs will not be operating at full capacity, with many sites temporarily closed for an undetermined period of time. There are several alternative ways for eligible residents to receive free income tax filing assistance – online or by phone. For the most up-to-date information, visit IRS.gov.
 
Local VITA and TCE Sites: Facilitated Self-Assistance (FSA) Beginning Friday, Feb. 12
 
In consultation with the IRS, the Northern Virginia CASH coalition VITA and TCE sites will change from in-person services to Facilitated Self-Assistance (FSA) services.
For more information on FSA services, click here.
 

If you would like to do your own taxes from the comfort and safety of your home, Free File options are available. For more information, click here.

 

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENT

 

Eligible individuals who did not receive an Economic Impact Payment this year – either the first or the second payment – will be able to claim it when they file their 2020 taxes in 2021. The IRS urges taxpayers who didn’t receive a payment this year to review the eligibility criteria when they file their 2020 taxes; many people, including recent college graduates, may be eligible to claim it. People will see the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) referred to as the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) on Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR since the EIPs are an advance payment of the RRC.
 
For more information click here to check out our Tax Tips and Resource page.

HELP IS AVAILABLE

 

If you have questions or need additional assistance email the VITA coalition at DFSVITA@fairfaxcounty.gov. All Economic Impact Payment check whereabouts questions will be redirected to the IRS website.
 
*Coming Soon!* DFS and local IRS certified VITA volunteers will be hosting a weekly webinar series discussing various topics on preparing and filing tax returns, tax law changes, as well as answering frequently asked questions. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, engage with the tax professionals, and see the step-by-step process of filing their basic return. Please check back in mid-February for more details.