Free IRS tax assistance
If you have limited income and need help preparing your federal tax return, the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program may be able to help you.
It helps to be aware of what types of tax returns VITA and TCE volunteers can prepare. VITA and TCE volunteers are IRS certified to prepare simple individual tax returns free of charge.
Publication 3676-B, IRS Certified Volunteers Providing Free Tax Assistance, provides a list of the types of forms and schedules volunteers are authorized to prepare.
Some VITA sites offer Certify Acceptance Agent services to taxpayers who need to obtain an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) and are unable to obtain a Social Security Number.
After the volunteer has finished your tax return, you’ll be told the amount of your expected tax refund or the amount you owe. If you wish, the volunteer will electronically file your tax return free of charge to the IRS and state. The volunteer is required to provide you a copy of your return for your records.
We’ll walk you through a couple of simple questions and provide you with a checklist of documents you can submit
You may be eligible for representation from an attorney, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), or Enrolled Agent (EA) associated with a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) for little or no cost. Low Income Taxpayer Clinics also provide information about taxpayer rights and responsibilities in different languages for individuals who speak English as a second language.
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