AARP Tax Assistance
Tax appointments are cancelled for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. Community Thread acts as a host site only for this program which is staffed by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers. Please visit https://www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation/ to learn more about AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program updates.
Following are options to consider for taxpayers who have yet to file.
• Wait until Tax-Aide service resumes. Taxpayers receiving a refund have three years to file their 2019 federal return and receive any refund due without incurring any penalty. Updates on the resumption of Tax-Aide service will be posted on the Tax-Aide Site Locator web page.
• For taxpayers who cannot wait until Tax-Aide service resumes, there are several self-preparation commercial software offerings available or they can investigate the free-file options or seek a professional preparer.
• Taxpayers can extend the time to file their return for six months until October 15 by filing Form 4868 Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The extension may also be filed online. Note that any balance due must be paid by July 15. At this point, taxpayers should file for an extension by April 15 pending IRS confirmation that that deadline is extended.
• Taxpayers can get a rough idea of their tax situation using the 2020 IRS tax withholding estimator or one of the many estimated tax calculators available on the Internet.
State Tax Returns
State filing and payment deadlines vary and are not always the same as the federal filing deadline. Some states automatically accept a federal Form 4868 extension, other states have extended their tax filing dates – taxpayers should check their state tax agency for more information.
The State of Minnesota has extended their income tax deadline to July 15, 2020. Learn more about their COVID-19 response at revenue.state.mn.us.
No tax records are stored at Community Thread at any time during or after the tax filing period has ended.