Tackle your taxes: These are all of the places you can get your taxes done for FREE

HOUSTON – Free tax centers to help individuals and families with their tax returns are back in 2022.

Here are a few of those organizations and information on how to get help in-person and virtually.

Baker Ripley Neighborhood Tax Centers

Where: More 10+ locations for in-person service (walk-in only) in the Greater Houston area and Montgomery County, virtual service available

When: All locations and virtual service will be open by the end of January. Some centers are open seven days a week. From May to October, one location is available for in-person service.

Eligibility requirement: Families and individuals earning up to $58,000.

How: In-person service - Walk-in only.

For locations/hours of operation and virtual services, visit www.freetaxcenters.org or call 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE.

AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide

Where: Multiple locations in the Houston area. Look for sites here.

When: Most sites are open a couple of days per week, by appointment only.

Eligibility requirement: No restrictions. Anyone can get help.

How: Beginning February 1, viewers can visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide or e-mail taxaide@aarp.org, or call toll free 1-888-227-7669 to find a site near them. Let me know if you need any additional information.

IRS Free File

If your adjusted gross income is $73,000 or less, you can take advantage of IRS Free File. The program is a partnership between the government and name-brand tax prep sites like TurboTax, TaxAct and TaxSlayer. People who qualify can use those products without paying anything. Some 70% of Americans qualify for Free File.


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Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.