Limitations on free tax preparation for 2016 returns

Each tax season I am pleased to prepare some individual tax preparation services for n fee except the filing fee. My online filing service provider’s fee is $20 per return so the tax filer must cover this cost. My offer is usually made to a small number of middle income neighbors as a way to promote my personal support in an effective manner.

However, recent federal announcements cause me to limit this offer in two circumstances for individuals who:

  • disclose that they did not have health insurance coverage for the full year
  • claim an earned income credit

In these two cases I am pleased to direct you to another tax preparer or to a “do-it-yourself” free tax filing service.


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