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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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Oh joy, it's tax season!

It's that time of year - tax season!  You should check into the facts about filing income taxes for 2013, because some of them may surprise you.

For instance, did you know that many people with little income may get refunds (possibly subtantial ones) if they file, even though they may not be required to file?

We hope the links provided on this page will help you out at this special time of year, and give you the best possible outcome!

The Big Picture / Tips

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  • How To Do Your Taxes EXPLAINED! (VIDEO)
    A less than serious (but accurate!) short video about how to do your federal income taxes, created by "How to Adult."
  • A Beginner's Guide to Filing Taxes
    Very readable article for those new to filing federal income taxes; includes some college student specific information. From Kiplinger's magazine.
  • Tax Breaks for Students and New Grads
    Straightforward advice and tips for college students about filing federal income taxes. From
  • How to Save Money at Tax Time
    Guidance on how to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax credit for low-income working people, as well as other good advice. From the United Way of Allegheny County.
  • IRS College Students Page
    Information from the horse's mouth on income taxes for college students. Covers education credits and student loan interest; tuition and fees deductions; and scholarship and fellowship grants.
  • Your Federal Income Tax For Individuals
    IRS publication 17, which "covers the general rules for filing a federal income tax return."
  • NOLO's Personal Income Taxes
    Lots of articles, presented by category. From NOLO, a well known and trusted source of legal information.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax-Overview Information
    An overview of Pennsylvania's personal income tax, plus many useful links. From the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
  • Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax for Students
    Detailed guidance for college students on filing Pennsylvania income taxes. Provides the rules for when students must file, along with additional advice on such subjects as whether scholarships count as taxable income, etc. From the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
  • Find Your Local Tax Rates & Local Tax Collector(S)
    Find out exactly what your local taxes are, and who collects them, based on where you live. Once you have your results, click on the "+" before your municipality and school district names to see the breakdown of your tax rate, as well as contact information for your tax collector. From the Pennsylvania Governor's Center for Local Government Services.

Why do we have Income Taxes?

free tax prep help / free e-filing

  • AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Locator
    AARP offers free tax preparation assistance for low- and moderate-income people at numerous locations in and around Pittsburgh. Search to find the locations convenient for you.
  • United Way Tax Preparation Assistance
    The United Way of Allegheny County offers free tax preparation assistance to low- and moderate-income people (with certain limitations) at 14 locations in the county. Advance apointments are required, so call ahead.
  • IRS Free File
    People whose adjusted gross income does not exceed $58,000 a year are eligible to use tax preparation programs for free; a list of 14 choices is provided. State taxes may also be done through these programs, usually for a fee.
  • Reviews of IRS Free Tax Preparation Programs
    Reviews of the 14 free tax preparation programs listed at the IRS Free File website. From
  • PA e-File
    People who meet certain conditions can file their state and federal incomes taxes for free, after answering a few simple questions. From the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
  • Local Income Tax e-Filing
    e-filing for local income taxes may be available through your local tax collector's website. Use the "Find Your Local Tax Rates & Local Tax Collector(s)" link on this page to determine who your local tax collector(s) is, and their website address. Check their website to see if e-filing is an option.

Income tax Forms & Publications (instructions & other information)

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  • IRS Forms & Publications
    Find your 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040 forms and instructions here, along with other IRS forms and publications.
  • Personal Income Tax Forms & Instructions
    Find your PA-40 form and instructions here, along with many more. From the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
  • Local Income Tax Forms & Instructions
    These are available from your local tax collector. Use the "Find Your Local Tax Rates & Local Tax Collector(s)" link on this page to determine who your local tax collector(s) is, and how to contact them.
  • Pittsburgh Personal Income Tax Forms & Instructions
    Find you PGH-40 form and instructions here, as well as links to useful information. From the Pittsburgh Department of Finance.

Additional Resources

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