Whether you are a procrastinator like me or just plain too busy, it’s time to focus on getting those taxes done. But hiring an accountant or using a tax service can be costly, especially if you are on a fixed income. For those qualifying individuals, there are programs to help with your taxes for FREE.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers FREE tax help for those who make $54,000 a year or less and need assistance filing their return. Use the handy VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887 to find the site closest to you. This program is usually offered at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other public locations. Here’s how the IRS VITA program works and what you need to bring.
The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program is geared toward those 50 and older who have questions or need help filing their returns. Volunteers, usually through non-profit groups, offer their time at 5,000 locations nationwide via a grant from the IRS. To locate the nearest TAx-Aide site, use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-OUR-AARP.
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