There are many ways to prepare and submit tax returns, depending on your level of confidence, available time, and financial ability. Millions of taxpayers file taxes on their own, others hire tax professionals and outsource that task. But if you think you don’t belong to neither one of two groups and would instead want free help, those options, although limited, exist. The IRS works with thousands of organizations to help people prepare and file the tax returns for free.
Who is eligible to receive help with free tax preparation? Who provides it?
Depending on your income ($54,000 or less), you may qualify to get your taxes done for free in your own community.
It’s through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling For The Elderly (TCE). These programs also help senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people with limited knowledge of English. Additionally, TCE volunteers can help with questions about pensions and retirement.
Thousand of trained and IRS-certified volunteers are ready to assist taxpayers during the tax-filing season. Each year they complete millions of tax returns. These volunteers will not only prepare your tax returns, they will also see if you qualify for any tax credits and deductions.
For a list of all services and tax forms that VITA/TCE volunteers can or cannot prepare, refer to Publication 3676-B.