Volunteer Tax Programs

With the brand new year comes another season of filing taxes. Wausau’s American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Northcentral Technical College are again hosting free volunteer tax preparation assistance for federal, state, and Homestead tax returns.

Northcentral Technical College is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for taxpayers with incomes under $54,000 who do not own a business or rental property. Starting February 29, interested individuals can call (715) 348-7888 and leave a message with their name and phone number to schedule an appointment. Appointments are available on Thursdays from 3pm to 7pm, March 1 – April 12.

AARP is also hosting its yearly volunteer tax-aid program in Wausau, Merrill, and Mosinee. Assistance can be provided to taxpayers with low to moderate income – especially those age 60+ – who  do not own any business or rental property. Starting January 10, those interested in scheduling an appointment can call (715) 298-5734 weekdays from 9am to 1pm.

  • For Wausau, appointments are available at 212 River Drive on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:45am to 12:15pm, February 1 – April 11.
  • For Merrill, appointments are available at 303 North Sales Street from 9am to 2pm, February 15 and March 15.
  • For Mosinee, appointments are available at 607 13th Street from 10:30am to 1:30pm, March 22.

To file your taxes online for free, visit www.MyFreeTaxes.com, a United Way-sponsored tool partnered with H&R Block created to help community members find help with filing their tax returns. Individuals and families with yearly incomes below $66,000 are eligible to use this tool; those with higher income are assessed for a small fee.

Tax-specific questions may also be directed toward the Internal Revenue Service or Wisconsin Department of Revenue for federal and state taxes, respectively.

Those with any questions about tax filing assistance programs or community resources can call 2-1-1 (by dialing 2-1-1, or 715-298-2255) or visit http://www.unitedwaymc.org/get-help to access listings for health and human services programs. United Way’s 2-1-1 Information and Resource Specialists are available to answer calls 24/7; interpretation services also available.