IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Each year, during the months of February, March, and April, the legal aid programs in Missouri participate in The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. This program uses IRS-certified volunteers to provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.  Eligibility is based on income, disabilities, and those who have limited English speaking ability.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers.  However, this program specializes is helping those who are 60 years of age and older with questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Before going to a VITA or TCE site, see Publication 3676-B for services provided and check out the What to Bring page to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you. *Note: available services can vary at each site due to the availability of volunteers certified with the tax law expertise required for your return.

To locate a VITA/TCE site got to  https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/  This site will allow a search for a VITA/TCE site across the country where volunteers will prepare the return for the taxpayer.  Local sites should be posted each year on Thenfirst day of January.

For more information, you may click on the following link in order to access  the IRS VITA web link:  https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers

If you click on any of the links on this page you will be leaving this website.  You may also contact one of the legal aid programs in Missouri for more details.

Posted: December 8, 2017