As the tax filing deadline quickly approaches, many fathers and families are likely feeling some pressure. Tax season and the pressure of filing on time and correctly is stressful, but there are Federal programs out there to help. Programs working with fathers and families can connect with a wide range of resources, including connecting to tax credits and IRS-certified free tax preparation, to help ease the pressure.
The ASSET Initiative is a collaborative through which Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offices and partner States, localities, community-based providers are highlighting the importance of financial education and other asset building services for individuals and families.
The ASSET Initiative fact sheet on Tax Credits and Filing Assistance gives programs and organizations information and tips on connecting families to some of the tax assistance available to them. Many low-income families with children qualify for tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can help put up to thousands of dollars back in the hands of fathers and their families.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify, generally offers free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities. Families and programs can find a VITA site near them by visiting the IRS website or calling 1-800-906-9887.
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Team