Can’t pass up a good deal? How about a free one? Millions of people get their taxes done for free every year.
Two IRS-sponsored programs provide free tax preparations for lower- and moderate-income filers:
- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax-return preparation to eligible taxpayers with incomes $54,000 or less.
- The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program primarily helps people 60 and older, but does provide services for all taxpayers. It deals with tax issues unique to seniors.
The IRS trains and certifies thousands of community volunteers to aid taxpayers, especially those with disabilities or who speak limited English.
Here is more information about the IRS’s 2 volunteer programs:
- Free Tax Prep Around the Country provides free tax help through community organizations at thousands of sites.
- Free Electronic Filing through VITA and TCE provides the safest and most accurate way to file tax returns.
- Volunteer Preparers Trained to Help Find Tax Benefits. The IRS-certified VITA and TCE volunteers help filers obtain eligible tax benefits, which may include the Earned Income Tax Credit, the American Opportunity Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, or the Credit for the Elderly.
- Self-Preparation Option. Some VITA sites may allow taxpayers making $64,000 or less to file their own returns through free web-based software.
- Site Information Available on IRS.gov. The VITA Locator Tool on the IRS website provides taxpayers with the nearest VITA site. They can also call 800-906-9887 for information.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov[i]
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