Hillsborough County offering free tax prep help

Posted at 5:02 PM, Feb 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 17:50:23-05
Tax season is starting, and if you don't have the funds to use a tax service there's a free tax-filing service you can take advantage of.
Free Tax Preparation Program of Hillsborough County operates in eight area libraries in February.
Isjeaneth Cooler knew where to turn for her third time using the free filing service. The single mother and college student is thankful she's saving a couple hundred bucks. 
AARP and United Way partner with the county libraries, offering free help to anyone who makes less than $54,000 a year, people with disabilities, the elderly and limited English-speakers. 
You can free help at the follow days and times:
  • Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, 410 N. Kingsway Road in Seffner
  • Monday, Feb. 8, and 15 at noon at the West Tampa Branch Library, 2312 W. Union  St. in Tampa
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, and Thursday, Feb. 18 and 25 at 10 a.m. at the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave. in Tampa
  • Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Fridays at 1 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Town ‘N Country Regional Public Library in Tampa, 7606 Paula Drive, Ste. 120 in Tampa. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY; appointments can be made by calling (813) 943-8482.
  • Tuesdays at 3 p.m., Thursdays at 11 a.m., and Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. at the 78th Street Community Library, 7625 Palm River Rd. in Tampa
  • Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, 20 and 27 at 10 a.m. at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, 1906 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico
  • Thursdays at noon, and Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave in Tampa
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 and 25 at 1 p.m. at Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W. McLendon St. in Plant City
Remember to bring all your tax-related documents.
Free tax prep help is also available at the Hillsborough County Extension office in Seffner for individuals or families with adjusted gross incomes of $62,000 or less. Your 2015 adjusted gross-income can be found online 37 of your Form 1040 tax return.
Appointments for the free service are required, and may be made for the following times: 
  • Feb. 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Feb 9 through April 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m.  
  • Feb. 13, March 5 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
For more information, contact Denise Kantak, 813-744-5519 ext. 54141 or
The Hillsborough County Extension is located at 5339 County Road 579 in Seffner.