Employed immigrants are required to file taxes, regardless of status or documents used to acquire employment. Many immigrants face barriers to filing income taxes. They may be afraid that the IRS will pass their information on to immigration enforcement. Additionally, the complex tax code is not easy to understand for people who may not speak English or have a knowledge of all available credits and rebates. Service providers working with the foreign-born can offer tax assistance preparation and support as their clients work to fulfill this federal requirement. The featured model programs, trainings and tools below can help expand the breadth of immigrant integration programs by expanding the financial security services available. The Outside Resources section also includes some links to helpful materials produced by other organizations.
Prepare Taxes Here
Encourage your clients to file their 2014 taxes before the April 15thdeadline! Filing taxes is one way to establish good moral character, and anyone can file taxes, including immigrants without documentation. Click on the below links to:
- File taxes using the www.MyFreeTaxes.com website portal,
- Find a location near you where income-eligible clients can file their taxes in person,
- Print a list of documents clients will need to file their taxes (also in Spanish),
- Learn how undocumented immigrants can file taxes with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) (also in Spanish),
- Learn how to acquire the Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), and
- How to receive authorization as an organization to help clients file for ITINs by becoming an Acceptance Agent.
***All tax information included on the CLINIC website is for informational purposes only. CLINIC cannot provide information on how to file taxes, how to employ immigrant workers, or how to verify documents needed to secure employment. Please call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 1 (800) 829-1040 for assistance.***
For more information on how your program can promote immigrant integration, or to have an integration initiative highlighted on our website, contact Leya Speasmaker, Integration Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-565-4816.
- VITA Program, Catholic Charities San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
- Su Casa, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, Cincinnati, OH
- Taxes and the Affordable Care Act
- 5 Ways to Help Clients With Their Taxes
- Assisting Clients in Complying with Tax Filing Requirement
- Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITIN): Practical Guidelines for Individuals
- United Way of Texas’ VITA Clinic Toolkit
- VITA IRS Volunteer Site Coordinator’s Handbook , Publication 1084
- VITA IRS e-File Administration Guide, Publication 3189