Navigating Tax Season 2024: Local Resources and IRS Innovations for Tampa Bay Residents


As tax season begins in 2024, Tampa Bay residents prepare to file their returns. The United Way Suncoast’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) initiative offers a no-cost service to households with an annual income of $79,000 or lower. Simultaneously, the IRS introduces changes to simplify filing and improve service. From walk-in centers to enhanced online accounts, explore local resources and IRS innovations for a smoother tax season.

To further assist taxpayers, “Tax-A-Thons” are scheduled throughout February and March at various locations across Tampa Bay. These events provide convenient opportunities for individuals to receive assistance with their filings. Explore these local resources and IRS innovations designed to make the tax season in Tampa Bay smoother.

Specific dates and locations include:

  • Feb. 10: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota
  • Feb. 17: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus, Tampa
  • March 30: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the All-Faiths Food Bank Resource Center in Arcadia

For required documents, visit the IRS website. The IRS provides a free filing tool available on their official website.

The IRS officially announces the 2024 tax season start date, expecting over 128.7 million returns by the April 15 deadline.Eligible taxpayers can anticipate a new electronic direct file pilot for filing 2023 returns online with the IRS.

Despite past backlogs, the IRS foresees a smoother season, aiming to issue most refunds in less than 21 days. Concerns loom over funding cuts following a debt ceiling and budget cuts deal, potentially affecting the IRS’s efficiency.