According to a survey, many Local 79 members said they spent $200 or more to have someone prepare their taxes. Members may be able to avoid tax preparation fees if they fit into one of the categories below.

In general, if you earned less than $54,000 in 2015, you can receive free assistance preparing your tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Note that these services do not cover complicated tax returns. To see the type of returns covered and not covered by the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, click here.

If you are 60 or older, you can receive free tax preparation assistance through Tax Counseling for the Elderly. For locations, click here.

If you made less than $62,000 in 2015, you can file your federal and state taxes for free online through also offers free federal and state filing but does charge fees for additional services you may wish to purchase. See the Turbotax website for further information.