OMAHA (KPTM)- There might be a way for you to get a lot more back on your income tax refund than you thought. And you can also be sure that there are people out there trying to scam you out of that money.
"I'm always hunting down my paper work. ‘what did i make last year? Where are my receipts?'" Alena Creighton said.
Those are questions a lot of people can relate to because it's tax season.
"Refunds are going to take 21 plus days to get back to people. And that's due to late term legislation, it's also due to continuing budget conversations that should be happening in Washington," Ed Leahy with EITC Coalition said.
With today's technology people can file their own taxes online. But there are things to be cautious of.
"The temptation is, ‘oh I need my money today.' and when you do that, you often are paying very high fees. There's often hidden costs in there that you might not be aware of and you might not get your whole refund."
When filing your taxes online, it's important to remember five steps to ensure you're getting the most out of your return."
Make sure to have an email address that works. Understand the fees and costs attached to whichever online program you use to file taxes.
Avoid any kind of advanced refund programs.
Those are actually high interest loans.
And make sure the IRS and state send a notice accepting your returns.
And if you're trying to save some money these folks will help file your taxes at no cost.
"They helped me with everything. Got me what my return was supposed to be, went through it with me. So it's just like if you were going to a bigger company or something and paying for it, but here you get it done for free," Creighton said.
Getting it done and out of the way until next year's hunt for receipts.
There is an organization in Omaha that has sites all around the city for those who would like help filing taxes.
That help is free.
The Omaha Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Coalition provides it. It is located at 3605 Q Street.
Free sites can also be located by calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.facebook.com/OmahaEITC or www.fhasinc.org.