IRS offering free tax help on two Saturdays

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Taxpayers who may have difficulty scheduling a visit to an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center during normal weekday business hours can visit the IRS office located at 550 Main Street, Cincinnati, on Saturday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, March 26, 2011, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The IRS will host two Saturday open houses during the income tax filing season to provide free assistance to taxpayers who need help getting information required to file their tax returns. Help with account questions, such as collection or examination issues, is also available during Open House.  In some instances virtual assistance will be offered, taxpayers will be assisted over the telephone by IRS employees who are working in other offices around the country.

"We know some people are facing challenging economic times and we want to provide extra assistance on these Saturdays," said Jennifer Jenkins, IRS media relations representative for Ohio.  "Our goal is to help them get what they need from the IRS."

In addition to the normal array of services, limited help preparing tax forms is available to those with total incomes of $49,000 or less on a first-come, first-served basis in most locations.  Due to anticipated popularity of the event, taxpayers seeking TAC Open House assistance are encouraged to arrive no later than noon; those who cannot be seen same day can be scheduled a return visit appointment.

Taxpayers seeking tax preparation and filing assistance need to bring valid, government-issued photo identification and tax-related documents to enable accurate preparation of their tax returns. If married filing jointly, both spouses must be present.

Other identification required may be a Social Security number card or letter, or an Adoption Taxpayer Identification Number card or letter, or an Individual Taxpayer Identification card or letter. Bring copies of all Forms W-2, 1098, 1099-R, 1099 and the amount of any other income received; those claiming the Child/Dependent Care Credit need to provide the amount spent as well as the caregiver's address and Tax Identification Number.

A non-custodial parent claiming a child as a dependent will need to bring a copy of the divorce decree or Form 8332 (Release of Claim to Exemption for Child of Divorced or Separated Parents). Those seeking direct deposit will need to show proof of their bank account and routing numbers. Addresses and phone numbers are required, as are birthdates (to include spouse and children claimed as dependents).

In addition to the TAC at 550 Main Street in Cincinnati, the IRS is offering assistance at 96 other locations around the country.  (Please note that the TAC at 9075 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester, will not be open for either of the Saturday Open House events.)  A complete list of Open House locations is available on  You can check the listing of local offices at to see which offices in Ohio and nationwide show hours of service on Saturday.

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Normal business hours for both Cincinnati TAC locations – 550 Main Street, Cincinnati, and 9075 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester – are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.