Where In The Quad Cities Can You Get Your Taxes Done For Free?
As much as Americans love to grumble about taxes, nearly 8 out of every 10 of us receive a refund, according to the IRS. H&R Block reported that in 2012, the average refund for folks with incomes under $50,000 was about $2,086.
We're pretty evenly split when it comes to what we do with our refund money between paying bills, and big ticket purchases like vehicles, or a vacation.
But, before you can get a refund, you have to file a return. Depending on your income and your life situation, filing a return can be costly.
For those with household income below the $57,000, the United Way offers free tax preparation services through their Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program.
United Way has set up an easy number -- 2-1-1 -- available 24/7 for you to call to make an appointment at one of 14 locations in the Quad Cities between February 1 and April 15.
According to our news partners at WQAD, just under 6,500 residents used the VITA program in 2016. On average, families got an average of $1,700 on their refunds.
Here are the locations available for free tax prep:
- Bettendorf Community Center, 2204 Grant St., Bettendorf
- Center for Active Seniors (CASI), 1035 W Kimberly Rd., Davenport
- Clinton RSVP, 315 South 2nd, Clinton
- East Moline Public Library, 740 16th, East Moline
- Fairmount Pines Community Center, 4205 N. Fairmount St., Davenport
- Friendly House, 1221 Myrtle St., Davenport
- Geneseo Public Library, 805 N Chicago St., Geneseo
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, 630 9th, Rock Island (walk-ins available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
- Moline Public Library, 3210 41st, Moline
- Palomares Social Justice Center, 133 4th, Moline
- Rock Island County Senior Center, 2221 11th, Rock Island
- Rock Island Township Hall, 2827 7th, Rock Island
- Silvis Public Library, 105 8th, Silvis
- Western Illinois University, 3300 River Dr., Moline
Be sure to bring the following items with you when you go:
- Valid driver’s license or photo ID
- All W-2 forms
- Social Security Card or Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) for all members in your family
- Address and tax identification of any child care provider
- Copy of 2015 tax return
- All 1099 forms (if applicable)
- Account numbers for electronic deposit of refund
- Health insurance documentation
- If filing jointly, your spouse must be present