IRS e-filing with FreeFile - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported By Andy Wise

IRS e-filing with FreeFile

If you don't do your own taxes, have trouble with tax software or don't have a CPA you trust, this one's a no-brainer.

The IRS's FreeFile service, offered on its web site at starting Jan. 16, is better than ever.

Launched in 2003, it allows taxpayers to file their income tax returns online directly to the IRS.  The agency has partnered with software companies to make the process free and fast -- and now it's more secure.

"The IRS spends a lot of time making sure that e-filing is safe and secure," says David R. Williams, director of the agency's Electronic Tax Administration & Refundable Credits.  "We work with the software companies to make sure that when (taxpayers) send it to us, there isn't a chance for identity theft."

The service is free IF your adjusted gross income is less than $56,000 a year.  For those whose adjusted gross income is more than $56,000, Williams says you'll go through an online interview process to determine which of the agency's software company subcontractors is best suited to do your taxes.  Each have nominal fees that are very reasonable.

Williams says with IRS FreeFile, the agency can get you your refund in eight to ten days.  Refunds by standard mail take four to six weeks, he says.

If you rather file directly with a person, below is a list of The United Way's Shelby County VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) sites.  It's absolutely FREE.  Bring a copy of last year's return; all your 2008 documents, including W-2's, 1099's, last pay stub in December, etc.; a photo ID for every adult connected to your returns and Social Security numbers for each person on your return. 

IRS spokesperson Dan Boone says these centers are best for taxpayers who make less than $42,000 a year and have a simple return without itemized deductions.  If you don't meet that description, you can still check with the closest center to see if it can assist you.


Macy's at Southland Mall, Whitehaven

1215 Southland Mall, E. Shelby Dr. & E. Whitehaven Capleville Rd.

Memphis, TN 38116

Tennessee Dept. of Human Services

3230 Jackson Ave

Memphis, TN 38122


Bethel Church of God in Christ

2216 Whitney Avenue

Memphis, TN 38127

Saturday, 02/07 to 04/11, 10:00a to 4:00p

Electronic Filling

Binghamton Development Corp

3000 Walnut Grove Road

Memphis, TN 38111

Monday, 01/26 to03/16, 4:00p to 6:00p

Wednesday, 01/21 to 03/11, 4:00p to 6:00p

Electronic Filling

Cummings Street Baptist Church

781 East Raines Road

Memphis, TN 38116

Saturday, 01/17 to 04/11, 10:00a to 4:00p

Electronic Filling

DHS Super Site

3230 Jackson

Memphis, TN 38122

Monday & Tuesday, 01/20 to 04/14, 2:00p to 7:00p

Wednesday, 01/21 to 04/15, 9:00a to 1:00p

Thursday & Friday, 01/23 to 04/10, 3:00p to 7:00p

Friday, 01/16, Noon to 4:00pm

Saturday, 01/24 to 04/11, 9:00a to 5:00p

Electronic Filling

Deaf Connect of the Midsouth

144 North Bellevue Blvd

Memphis, TN 38104

Saturday, 01/17 to 02/14, 9:00a to 3:00p

By appointment only 901-278-9307

Electronic Filling

East Shelby Library

7200 East Shelby Drive

Memphis, TN 38125

Saturday, 01/31 to 04/11, 10:30a to 2:00p

(Vita will be closed March 21st & March 28th)

Electronic Filling

First Tennessee Baptist Church

7555 Macon Road

Cordova, TN 38018

By Appointment Only 901-827-5447

Electronic Filling

Heritage Community Outreach

3802 Gragg Avenue

Memphis, TN 38018

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 02/02 to 04/15, 10:00a to 4:00p

Electronic Filling

Highland Heights

3587 Macon

Memphis, TN 38122

Saturday, 01/31 to 04/11, 9:30a to 1:30p

Electronic Filling

Hope Community Credit Union

1451 Madison Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104

Monday thru Friday, 01/16 to 05/01, 9:00a to 4:00p

By Appointment Only 901-721-8130

Electronic Filling


1300 Southland Mall

Memphis, TN 38116

Monday, 01/26 to 04/13, 5:30p to 8:30p

Tuesday, 01/20 to 04/14, 10:00a to 2:00p

Wednesday, 01/21 to 04/15, 10:00a to 2:00p

Friday, 01/16, 10:00a to 3:00p

Friday, 01/23 to 04/10, 3:00p to 8:00p

Saturday, 01/17 to 04/11, 10:00a to 8:00p

Electronic Filling

Memphis Area Legal Service

109 North Main, 2nd Floor

Memphis, TN 38103

Monday thru Friday, 01/16 to 04/11, 9:00 to 5:00p

(Vita sites will be Closed 01/21, 01/18 & 03/21)

By appointment only901-255-3442

Electronic Filling

Memphis Catholic High School

61 North McLean

Memphis, TN 38104

Saturday, 01/24 to 02/14, 9:00a to noon

Electronic Filling

Middle College High School

737 Union Avenue, Room E105

Memphis, TN 38103

Wednesday, 04/15 ONLY, 3:00p to 6:00p

Thursday, 01/22 to 04/09, 3:00p to 6:00p

Saturday, 01/17 to 04/11, 9:00a to 2:00p

(Vita site will be closed 03/19 and 03/21)

Electronic Filling

Mustard Seed, Inc.

655 Mississippi

Memphis, TN 38126

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 01/19 to 04/15, 4:00 to 7:00p

Electronic Filling

New Chicago

1036 Firestone Ave

Memphis, TN 38107

Tuesday, 01/20 to 04/14, 3:00p to7:00p

Wednesday, 01/21 to 04/15, 10:00a to 2:00p

Saturday, 01/17 to 04/11, 1:00p to 4:00p

By Appointment Only, 901-543-0468

Electronic Filling

New Tyler AME Church VITA

3300 Summer Avenue

Memphis, TN 38122

Saturday, 01/24 to 04/11, 1:00pm 5:00p

Spanish Speaking Assistors Available

Electronic Filling

Oasis of Hope-Bickford Community Center

233 Henry Ave

Memphis, TN 38107

Tuesday, 01/27 to 04/07, 5:30p to 7:00p

Saturday, 01/31 to 04/11, 10:00a to 1:30p

Electronic Filling

South Branch Library

1929 South Third Street

Memphis, TN 38109

Saturday, 02/14 to 04/11, 10:00a 1:00p

Electronic Filling

The New Olivet Baptist Church

3084 Southern Ave

Memphis, TN 3811

Thursday, 02/26 to 04/09, 5:00p to 2:00p

Saturday, 02/21 to 04/11, 10:00a to 2:00p

Electronic Filling


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