Posted February 16, 2021 | 11:40 AM

Fretting Over Taxes? Virtual Help is Available

Hillsborough County resources continue to connect residents with free tax prep assistance and software access

No doubt 2020 was a year like no other, but how will impacts of a global pandemic affect your income tax? Hillsborough County can help you answer that question. Free tax preparation assistance for individuals or families is available from the Hillsborough County Extension Service.

Here are ways Extension Service can assist:

  • If you need minimal assistance, complete this short form and you will receive access to the Extension Service free tax software program. This has no income limit and will allow you to prepare your income tax forms free and from the comfort of your home.
  • If you don't feel completely comfortable doing it all yourself and would like one-on-one remote assistance, you can make an appointment for a telephone or web conference chat. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) trained and certified volunteers will provide guidance as you complete the return using the same free tax preparation software. To schedule an appointment, contact Denise Kantak (813) 744-5519 ext.54141.

You can receive help with questions relating to tax credits for items such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Saver's Credit, Recovery Rebate Credit, education credits, and the premium tax credit. Extension Service cannot offer tax guidance on rental income or tax depreciation.

Assistance is available through April 8.

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative (HCPLC) has information on their website for access to free income tax preparation help through AARP and the United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Appointments are limited and fill up quickly. Visit for more information.

Photo: Extension Service and other local agencies offer free virtual income tax preparation assistance for Hillsborough County residents.


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