Important dates:

Monday, January 23rd: Filing season begins for the 2016 tax year.

Wednesday, February 15th: Earliest possible refund date, if you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).

Tuesday, April 18th: Filing deadline.

Getting help with your taxes:

https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/ – this online tools will tell you where free tax help/preparation will be available in your area. You can also call 1-800-906-9887. For more information about eligibility, click here.  

https://secure.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action – this site will help you find free AARP Tax Aides. You can also call 1-888-227-7669.

Links to State of Maine tax forms and other resources:

http://maine.gov/revenue/forms/1040/2016.htm – state individual income tax (1040ME) and related forms and instructions

http://maine.gov/revenue/incomeestate/guidance/homepage.htm – guidance documents are intended as advice to persons seeking more information than is available in the filing instructions for tax returns.

Links to federal forms and other IRS resources:

https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs – searchable listing of tax forms and instructions. Commonly used forms such as the 1040 are linked directly on this page.

https://www.irs.gov/uac/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free – if you made less than $64,000 in 2016 you can eFile your federal return for free. When filing season begins, this page will lead you to free eFiling software options.

https://www.irs.gov/refunds – this page has the “Where’s my refund” tool, where you can check the status of your refund, after you have completed and filed your return.

https://www.irs.gov/taxpayer-bill-of-rights – Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/military – This page provides tax information for current and former military personnel who served in the United States armed forces, uniform services, and under limited circumstances, support organizations.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/seniors-retirees – Tax information for seniors and retirees.

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/students – Tax information for students.