Free Tax Prep Help

Jan 16, 2013 by

IRS logoMillions of Americans qualify for free help in preparing their federal tax returns. Through two programs, VITA and TCE, trained volunteers help low to moderate income or older (age 60 and above) taxpayers prepare and file their returns. From the IRS website:

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers free tax help by trained volunteers to low to moderate income taxpayers. VITA sites are locally available at community locations and provide free basic income tax return preparation to individuals. To see if you qualify, see the IRS’ Free Tax Preparation guide. Volunteers prepare Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, and Form 1040.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is a grant program designed to offer free tax assistance to individuals aged 60 years or older with low to moderate incomes. TCE sites are located at convenient community locations. TCE counselors offer free income tax return preparation services and can prepare Form 1040, Form 1040A, Form 1040EZ, and simple Form 1040, Schedule D. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) participates in the TCE program.

To locate the nearest VITA/TCE site, go to the VITA locator tool or call 1-800-906-9887.

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