Jump to content

American tax return help


Recommended Posts

Are there any Americans offering free or cheap help to other Americans for help in filing their 2020 tax returns? 

I live on SSDI payments and have 2 children I support and also who qualified for the money given to Americans but they didn't receive it. 

I have no additional income to report. But want to claim any credits possible. Need help if possible. 

Live in bkk.. Ladproa area. Please reply PM

  • Like 1
Link to post
  • Replies 42
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

I have used Turbo Tax for years now. If your income is below $30k (if I remember correctly), it is free to use. It properly handles the US tax exemption for my Thai income, my dividends, my capital ga

In your case I think any of the free online would work for you. I think the IRS has a site with a list. I have used Turbo Tax and H&R Block in the past and one other that I found on the IRS site 

I am a retired CPA,CFE with 40 years tax and accounting experience, living in Chiang Mai.  Email me and I will try and help.  [email protected]

 

 

It has been my experience anything "free" is worth exactly what you pay for it.  But I am sure there are exceptions and the Harvard educated, former Wall Street tax preparer will step forward to volunteer free service any moment.

 

 

But if he doesn't, I have used this guy in past for simple returns   https://www.johnniestaxservice.net/       Helped me out of a jam.    Reasonable price for what he did for me.   Very fast turn around.

 

 

as always YMMV

  • Like 1
Link to post
2 hours ago, timendres said:

I have used Turbo Tax for years now. If your income is below $30k (if I remember correctly), it is free to use. It properly handles the US tax exemption for my Thai income, my dividends, my capital gains, as well as my rental property income in the US. It is super simple to use. I print my returns and mail them via EMS, and I have never had a problem. I would give it a try to see if it can handle all of your deductions.

Tried them.. Biggest problems I'm facing are... Wife is Thai so filing status is uncertain. 

Income is SSDI and its website says qualify for EITC and child credits but online app doesn't permit it. 

Only income is 12864 yearly from SSDI. No other filing claims except that one and dependents care. About 18000 in credits for children and EITC if applied. Also uncertain about disability credits. Could be more. 

Either way. I need some help with someone in Thailand in same situation that has filed before. 

Link to post
6 hours ago, thesetat2013 said:

Tried them.. Biggest problems I'm facing are... Wife is Thai so filing status is uncertain. 

Income is SSDI and its website says qualify for EITC and child credits but online app doesn't permit it. 

Only income is 12864 yearly from SSDI. No other filing claims except that one and dependents care. About 18000 in credits for children and EITC if applied. Also uncertain about disability credits. Could be more. 

Either way. I need some help with someone in Thailand in same situation that has filed before. 

You need to apply for an ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) for your wife.

 

Start here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/how-do-i-apply-for-an-itin

  • Like 2
Link to post
13 minutes ago, Gumballl said:

You need to apply for an ITIN (Individual Tax Identification Number) for your wife.

If you opt to file jointly with your non-resident alien spouse after obtaining an ITIN for her, you will also need to report all of your wife's income and pay US tax on it. While this may be of benefit to you in terms of lowered tax rates and tax credits for Thai income tax paid on your wife's income, you may have an issue if she has investments in local mutual funds or whole-life insurance policies.  US tax treatment of, and reporting requirements related to, non-US financial products such as these can be very problematic. Real estate can also be an issue.  If your wife has no investments or property, things should be much simpler. If you have qualifying dependents with SSNs, you can file as head of household without having to get an ITIN for your wife, which might be a practical solution if your wife has investments or real estate. I'd suggest you find a tax professional to help if your wife has income, investments or property.

Link to post
2 hours ago, Tracyb said:

If you have, or did at any time during the year, more than the equivalent of US$ 10,000. In a Thai bank you will also need to compete an FBAR report.  This is done electronically so it’s quite easy.  Google “FBAR reporting” for more info.

 

12 hours ago, BTempleman said:

Does each member of your family have a SSN or TIN? 

Only myself and my kids... not interested to include thai wife and start paying tax on her income... normally i do not ever file taxes because income is from ssdi and non taxable... but i want to get the stimulus unpaid to my children.... 

Link to post
20 minutes ago, 1FinickyOne said:

I have had some people offer unsolicited advice about tax returns that is 100% correct - - but correct for them, not for me. 

 

Get professional advice. 

Thanks... im not asking someone to do it for me... and wont divulge personal info other than my name and some amounts of income... just seeking some solid advice on which boxes to tick and which forms am eligible to get the most benefit to increase a refund.. 

All i am seeing is the stimulus my kids didnt get.... but know there are more credits available if fill the forms correctly... and dont know if they would increase a refund due to me or be a waste of time filling out... Normally i am not required to file taxes... so any solid advice based on my circumstances are helpful. 

 

Link to post
22 hours ago, thesetat2013 said:

Are there any Americans offering free or cheap help to other Americans for help in filing their 2020 tax returns? 

I live on SSDI payments and have 2 children I support and also who qualified for the money given to Americans but they didn't receive it. 

I have no additional income to report. But want to claim any credits possible. Need help if possible. 

Live in bkk.. Ladproa area. Please reply PM

I just printed out the 2020 forms I need from the IRS website as I have always mailed back the forms. This year I think I may look at the Free Electronic Filing. I had looked at  Turbo Tax years ago when working. Take a look at using the IRS Free sites as a possibility.

  • Like 1
Link to post
1 minute ago, wwest5829 said:

I just printed out the 2020 forms I need from the IRS website as I have always mailed back the forms. This year I think I may look at the Free Electronic Filing. I had looked at  Turbo Tax years ago when working. Take a look at using the IRS Free sites as a possibility.

I was offered the free online ones due to low income based on SSDI only... But noone is there to answer any questions or give one on one help without asking exorbitant fees... 

Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.


×
×
  • Create New...