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Free Tax Program

Wayne Metro’s Free Tax Program offers accessible services throughout Wayne County, with different times and locations.  Tax sites offer an array of services including Pay Yourself First, financial coaching, and referral to additional resources including match saving accounts and homeownership education. Click here for our most current brochure with locations and service details.


Click the below link for Wayne Metro Tax Site Locations

Free Tax Preparation Brochure

What to Bring to Get Your Taxes Done

  • Social Security Card
  • Social Security Card for all claimed dependents* (Originals Only)
  • Valid Picture ID (driver’s license or state ID)
  • Proof of Income:
    • Wages (all Forms W-2), Miscellaneous Income (Form 1099-Misc)
    • Unemployment (Form 1099-G)
    • Gambling/Lottery Winnings (Form W-2G)
    • Pension (Form 1099-R)
    • Social Security Benefit Form (Form 1099-SSA)
    • Supplemental Security Income (Form 1099-SSI/Form1099-SSD) or Letter from SSA
    • Social Security Disability (Form 1099-SSDA)
    • VA total monthly benefit or sum for the year from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
    • Interest and Dividends (Form 1099-INT and/or 1099-DIV)
    • DHS Cash Assistance (DHS Annual Statement)
    • Other relevant information about income
  • Proof of Expenses:
    • Medical or HMO Premiums paid for self and/or family dependents
    • Total amount paid for day care and the day care provider’s tax identification number
    • Student Loan Interest (1099E), Tuition (1098T) and course material receipts
    • Receipt for purchase of Energy Star Efficient products (windows, furnace, etc.)
  • Home and Heating Credit:
    • Total amount of residential heating costs paid last year (amount is located on last December, January or February gas bill)
  • Homeowners:
    • Proof of taxable value or your home and summer/winter property taxes for last year
    • Mortgage Interest (Form 1098)
  • Renters:
    • Lease or rental contract and rent receipts for last year
    • Landlord’s name, address and zip code
  • For Direct Deposit:
    • Bank or Credit Union name, routing number and account number
  • Other Relevant Documents:
    • Copy of last year federal and state tax returns

Free online self-preparation tax services

Free self-preparation tax services are available here!

Volunteer for the Tax Program

The success of the VITA program depends largely on the dedication of valuable volunteers. If you are interested in assisting us, please see the links below:

EITC & ACTC Return Delay

The IRS must hold refunds for tax returns claiming EITC or ACTC until February 15
Beginning in 2017, if you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child
Tax Credit (ACTC) on your tax return, the IRS must hold your refund until at least
February 15. This new law, approved by Congress, requires the IRS to hold the entire
refund — even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC.
This change helps ensure that you receive the refund you are owed by giving the
agency more time to help detect and prevent fraud.
As in past years, the IRS will begin accepting and processing tax returns once the filing
season begins. You can file as you normally do. Even though the IRS cannot issue
refunds for some early filers until at least February 15, most refunds will still be issued
within the normal timeframe: in less than 21 days, after being accepted for processing
by the IRS.
Be careful when planning any financial obligations that are based on any specific refund
date when claiming these credits. This includes being cautious of loan and preparer fee
agreements where repayment is dependent upon the refund. Be especially aware of
any stated repayment dates that are earlier than February 15. You don’t want to incur
more costs by committing to any re-payment schedule that requires a full payment
before the refund will actually become available.
You can check the status of your refund with the Where’s My Refund? tool on
or the IRS2Go Mobile App. Where’s My Refund? remains the best way to check the status of your refund after February 15.

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