Tax Preparation Fair for DC Residents Making Less than $52K


From a press release:

“The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that Norton’s annual free Tax and Financial Services Fair will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, from 10 a.m. – noon at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (801 Mt. Vernon Place NW). The event is for D.C. residents only, and preparation of tax forms is only available to residents with a household income of less than $52,000 a year and income only from wages, salaries, and pensions. Norton’s one-day Tax Fair features tax preparers who serve on Norton’s Congressional Tax and Financial Services Advisory Committee, whose services are available throughout tax season, until April 15. The Fair offers not only tax preparation, but also financial services, including information on the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program, college savings plans, and credit unions.”

Ed. Note: You can find info on other Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites here.

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  • Why is it assumed that if you make over six figures you know how to do you’re own taxes?

    • There’s no such assumption being made. There is, however, the assumption that someone making 6 figures can afford to pay someone $20 for said knowledge. Why be such a cheapskate?

    • It’s not assumed you can do it yourself, it’s assumed you can pay somebody to do it for you. Or at least pay TurboTax to guide you along the way. These events are more a platform to boost financial literacy (see the other stuff about 529s, credit unions, etc.) for the segment of the population who still may not have a checking account.

  • Interesting that the line was drawn at $52,000. Why not $53,000?

    • $51,567 is the Earned Income Tax Credit cut off for married filing jointly with three qualifying children. It’s not made up out of thin air I promise.

  • I’m a VITA volunteer and I worked this event last year, and yes there is tax preparation along with information about other types of financial services and programs. Another commenter is also correct that it’s not that people over $52K automatically know how to do taxes (not at all, actually–I do taxes for some relatives that make twice that, and more money than me), but that if you’re making $52K or less, it’s a bigger bite out of your income to pay an accountant a couple hundred dollars to do your taxes, or even to pay for an e-filing program like TurboTax, H&R Block, etc. (You can still have a tight budget on $52K if you’re supporting kids, and moving down the income spectrum, it’s a hardship for lots of people making minimum or just-above minimum wage to even spare $20-$40 out of their budget for Turbo Tax and the like). Plus, at least at my VITA site, we serve a number of elderly federal retirees whose finances aren’t precarious per se, but they’re getting by on a very modest OPM pension, so money to spend on an accountant is tight, and they don’t have the comfort level with computers (or even own a computer) to e-file themselves with tax software.

  • How do they verify that you are a DC resident? Do you have to have a license/ID from DC? For instance, I’ve been living here for 2.5 years but still have my WA state license because I’m also a part-time student. I could show that I’m a DC resident from the lease docs for my apartment–but would they accept that?

    • Regarding knowing your residence – it is usually based on the address on your W2, to indicate where you pay your taxes.

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