Tax season is officially here.  The IRS and state departments of revenue started processing tax returns last week.  Robin Maxey, with the Oregon Department of Revenue said it's best to file electronically.


“More Than 90% of taxpayers file their return electronically.  It creates a more accurate return.  And, on the average people that file electronically get their refunds faster.” 


He noted filers under certain income limits can file for free using 1040 Now, Online Taxes, and TaxSlayer software.  Maxey added there's also free tax help.


"IRS offers what are known as VITA tax clinics; Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly.   They will take care of assisting tax payers in filing basic returns for those with low and moderate incomes."


A host of other organizations, such as AARP and United Way have tax assistance programs.  To learn what’s available in your community, reach out to your local state department of revenue.


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