Free Tax Return Preparation for You by Volunteers

The Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs offer free tax help for taxpayers who qualify.  The IRS VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.  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.  The VITA and TCE Programs utilize IRS-certified volunteers to provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities.  The VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.  The location sites will be announced in the newspaper, radio, television, and other media outlets during the Earned Income Tax Credit Outreach Events during the month of January 2014. The taxpayer can utilize one of the two programs to obtain assistance with tax preparation.  Many of the programs offer financial seminars, workshops, assistance with complete a credit report, and awareness to budget and save your tax refund.