Tax & Legal Assistance

If you need help with your taxes and can’t afford an accountant, the Sarasota Friendship Center offers a free tax preparation service every year from January through tax day.

Help with Tax and Legal Issues

Filling out federal tax forms can present a real hardship for those who are unable to fill out the paperwork or cannot afford tax preparation services to do it for them. In a collaboration with AARP Foundation and its volunteer tax experts, we are able to offer free tax preparation and e-filing at our Sarasota Campus every year from January until tax day in April.

In 2017, AARP volunteers processed 388 returns for individuals who came to one of our free tax days at the center, a 20 percent increase from the year before. In uncertain economic times, this free service can make a huge difference. This service is only available in Sarasota, and you can call 941.955.2122 for more information.

We also offer legal assistance in our centers in Venice and Sarasota on a limited basis. Our legal partners provide a one-time 30-minute consultation for free with an appointment. Hours and days of availability vary considerably and you’ll need to call the location near you to find out the attorneys’ availability. In Sarasota call 941.955.2122 and in Venice call 941.493.3065.