Free help with tax return preparation


The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program offer free basic tax help to those who qualify.

The VITA program has been in operation for more than 50 years. VITA centers offer free tax help to people who need assistance with preparing their own tax returns, including:

  • People who generally have $58,000 or less in income;
  • People who have disabilities; Y
  • People who have limited English proficiency.

In addition to the VITA program, the TCE program offers free tax help, especially to people age 60 and older, and specializes in pension issues and retirement issues, issues that are for seniors.

Although the IRS administers the VITA and TCE programs, these centers are operated by IRS partners and are staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in their communities. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax advice are usually retirees associated with nonprofit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

VITA and TCE services are not only free, they are also a trusted source for tax return preparation. All VITA and TCE volunteers who prepare returns are required to take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards.

This training includes maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information. In addition to requiring volunteers to certify their knowledge of tax laws, the IRS requires a quality check for each return prepared at a VITA and TCE facility before they are filed.

Each filing season, tens of thousands of dedicated VITA and TCE volunteers prepare millions of federal and state returns. In addition, they assist taxpayers with the preparation of thousands of returns prepared through Facilitated Self Help.

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