Here are some reasons to think about taxes, despite the obstacles you may face.
Tax Information & Resources
Taxes are not always a priority for those in crisis. Survivors often face obstacles in tax preparaton, filing, or fraud resulting from abuse. We know billions of dollars in tax credits go unclaimed which may mean more money back for survivors.
A quick summary of how much tax credits are worth this year.
A list of tax topics specifically addressing the concerns of survivors.
This is a training module that provides information about tax credits, why filing taxes is important, and how doing so may be financially beneficial for survivors.
Many communities have free assistance to help taxpayers file returns or address tax issues. Click here to locate free assistance in your area.
You can only get copies or transcripts of tax returns that your name is listed on. Transcripts of tax returns are free (Form 4506-T). There is a fee for full copies of a return (Form, 4506). Work with your advocate to determine which type of document suits your needs.
You may qualify for a relief of your responsibility from paying taxes. Talk to an accountant or contact a Taxpayer Advocate to find out all your options. Work with an advocate to determine the pros and cons of pursuing this exemption.
If you are experiencing economic harm or seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, you may be eligible for Taxpayer Advocate Service assistance.
Instant refunds give you instant cash from your tax return. CAUTION!!!! Rapid refunds or refund anticipation loans are often not a good idea. Learn more about their risks.
The Washington Asset Building Coalition works to promote policies and programs that help moderate and low-income families in Washington state build, maintain and preserve financial assets. They have links to local, state, and national financial resources on things like banking, taxes, financial education, and micro-enterprise.