Coulee Region Tax Assistance | Western Technical College

Coulee Region Tax Assistance

Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the Coulee Region Tax Assistance program will not be open to the public for the 2022 tax filing season. We are holding some open lab and assistance sessions for Western students and employees. We hope to expand our support and services in future tax filing seasons.

Income Tax Assistance Events

The events will be held in the Business Education Center, Room 106. Click the links to register.

Filing 2021 Taxes

Income tax filing can be difficult. Let us help you understand some of the complicated information.

If you have a “simple return” we’d encourage you to try and use free software like http://MyFreeTaxes.com to file your tax return. This self-file software (accessible by selecting the “By myself”) is free for everyone. There are no income limits, no age restrictions, and no geographic limitations. The site will also connect users who need more support to nonprofits who are part of the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program (accessible by clicking on the “With assistance” option).

The IRS website also offers free filing information at https://www.irs.gov/filing/free-file-do-your-federal-taxes-for-free for those whose income was less than $75,000 in 2021. 

Check the status of your refund at https://www.irs.gov/refunds. Note: due to COVID and the disruption it has caused, things are taking a little bit longer.

Western students: your 1098-T was mailed to you but it is also available in self-service of MyWestern.

MyFreeTaxes has been provided by United Way for over a decade. Western thanks United Way for partnerships like these that help our community members reach the self-sufficiency that they desire.

Filing Prior Year Taxes 

It is not too late to file your tax returns for 2018, 2019, and 2020. Many of the self-filing options listed above only file current year returns. If you are needing to file previous year taxes, visit getyourrefund.org or seek out a registered tax preparer.  

My income is low and I am not required to file taxes. Why would I file anyway? 

If you earn below the tax filing threshold, you may not be required to file a tax return. It may still benefit you to submit a tax return. If you are due a refund for withholdings or are eligible to claim tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, you risk losing the refund if you do not file.  

Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet the eligibility requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any taxes or are not required to file. EITC not only reduces the amount of tax you owe; it may give you a refund. In 2019, the average EITC received per tax filer was $2,476.  To see if you qualify go to Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov).

Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

Have you been receiving monthly direct deposits or payments from the IRS? This was part of The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 which expanded the Child Tax Credit (CTC) for tax year 2021. These monthly deposits is half of your Child Tax Credit in advance and you can file for the remaining balance when you file your 2021 tax return. You can learn more about the Advance Child Tax Credit at Child Tax Credit Update Portal | Internal Revenue Service (irs.gov).

Other tax credits you may benefit from include:

Other Financial Assistance  

COVID-19 Economic Impact (Stimulus) Payments 

If you did not receive the first, second or third stimulus payments during 2020 or 2021, you may be able to receive it still. Go to Get My Payment (irs.gov) to learn more.

Student Loans 

  • All FEDERAL student loan payments automatically stopped on March 13, 2020. The loans interest rate also dropped to 0%. The Federal Government announced that all loan payments will restart on May 1, 2022. Learn more here
  • Private loans do not qualify, though some lenders may offer options.  

Other Necessities 

  • Resources may be available to help with rent, food, utilities, etc. Call 211 or go to 211.org and enter your zip code. 
  • Western also maintains this listing of community resources, organized by county. Go to www.westerntc.edu/life-resources.