Who Qualifies for CTA’s Assistance:
Generally, we serve: individuals with income under $35,000*, and families with income under $54,000*.
*If you earned less than $64,000 in 2016, you may be able to file your 2016 federal and state tax returns on-line for free. For more information see: http://ctadc.org/file-online/
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Taxpayer Situations where we CANNOT prepare your return:
Our volunteers are only certified to prepare certain types of tax returns. If you have the following situation, your tax return is out of the scope of our program (Out of scope means our training did not cover those returns because they are too complicated). If you have any questions or need additional clarification please email us firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us at 202-547-7773.
- You are in the United States on an A, H, F, J, L, M or Q visa
(If you are a foreign student, you can check with your university to see if they make software such as Glacier Tax Prep available for your use. If you can prepare your federal return on your own, we can help with your DC, MD or VA return at our tax site at 15th & K )
- You did work for an international organization
- You had income from overseas
- You moved to the United States during the tax year and do not have a green card or US citizenship
- You are a minister or member of the clergy
- You had a Health Savings Account
- You were a member of the Military
- You pay household help (household employment tax)
Types of Income which are out of scope (we cannot prepare your return if you have any of these types of income)
- Cancelled Debt (Form 1099-C or 1099-A); unless it was cancelled personal credit card debt, there was no interest, and you were not insolvent at the time the debt was cancelled.
- Savings Bond if savings bond interest accrues each year
- The following types of Capital Gains/Investment Income:
- Sold a bond with accrued interest
- 1099-DIV amounts with Unrecaptured Sec.1250 gain, Section 1202 gain, Cash liquidation distributions, and Noncash liquidation distributions
- Sale of stock and basis is not listed on 1099, or was received as a gift.
- Sale of property other than main home
- K-1 income unless it is interest or dividend income, short or long term capital gains, or royalty income (only from a K-1).
- IRA: If distribution was from SIMPLE IRA or SEP IRA
- Farm income
- Rental income (including renting out rooms in your own home- no Air B&B)
- 1099-MISC income that is not reported in boxes 3 or 7
- Hobby income
- Itemized Deductions
- Casualty and Theft Losses
- Non-cash charitable (Goodwill, etc.) contributions greater than $500 (Form 8283)
- Vehicle donation
- Unreimbursed employee business expenses (Form 2106)
- Self-Employment, business or cash income where:
- Your business is a LLC
- The Primary source of income is use of your vehicle (example: Uber, Lyft, etc.)
- Hobby income
- Business expenses over $25,000
- Net loss, or loss carry over
- Inventory, or sale of goods
- You had employees or subcontractors
- You had business use of home
- You had casualty losses
- You have vehicle expenses and actual expenses instead of mileage
- You have depreciation
- You had expenses for rental or lease agreements for other than space
- You do not use cash method
Community Tax Aid does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, and reprisal for previous civil rights activities. CTA will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to persons with physical disabilities, sensory loss, or limited English proficiency. These accommodations will be provided at no cost to the taxpayer.