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2023 Tax Season: VITA and TCE – Free Tax Help for Filing Tax Return

Taxpayers struggling with their tax preparation can visit the IRS website and see if they are eligible for the VITA and TCE programs.
Taxpayers struggling with their tax preparation can visit the IRS website and see if they are eligible for the VITA and TCE programs. (Photo: iStock)

As the 2023 Tax Season started in January and the confusing rules by the IRS, many taxpayers are still confused about how to file their tax returns.

Furthermore, surging inflation, expensive gas, and other factors make many taxpayers hesitate to leave their homes to file their tax returns. In this regard, the IRS has proposed several programs to help taxpayers navigate the 2023 tax season.

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Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is a taxpayer advocate service offered by the IRS to help taxpayers in the 2023 tax season.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is a taxpayer advocate service offered by the IRS to help taxpayers in the 2023 tax season. (Photo: Small Business Trends)

IRSnews tweeted on February 22:

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The IRS offers taxpayer advocate services called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). Abraham Quirós Villalba of tododisca said both programs are aimed at taxpayers who have an income less than or equal to $60,000, disabled, or have limited English proficiency.

The Taxpayer Advocate Service said VITA offers free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing. While TCE is offered for taxpayers who are 60 years old and above.

If you are eligible for any criteria mentioned, you can visit the IRS website for detailed information and get the help you need before the tax season deadline. You can also visit the Get Free Tax Prep Help or call the hotline at 800-906-9887 to find your area’s closest VITA or TCE site. Bring all the required documents, including Form W-2 and Form 1099, and prepare to answer questions related to your taxes.

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