The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $66,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in 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 beginning January 1, 2018.
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
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