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Friday, January 24, 2014

Resource of the Week – Free Tax Preparation Services

Tax season is here and this week’s featured resource is free tax preparation services offered through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less and 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 local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.

Find Free Tax Prep Sites by ZipCode

The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

A majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide Program.

Find an AARP Tax-Aide Site Near You