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Tax Season: Free Assistance Available For Eligible Taxpayers Through VITA Program

IRS: Taxpayers who have not filed their 2021 tax return should file this year to avoid harsher penalties and still qualify for tax refunds.
IRS: Taxpayers who have not filed their 2021 tax return should file this year to avoid harsher penalties and still qualify for tax refunds. (Photo: Shutterstock)

What will you do to prepare for tax season in 2023? Have highly skilled individuals handle the filings for free. You read it correctly. Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, these professionals would prepare their filings for you without asking for anything in return. 

Individuals who meet the requirements may get free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing from volunteers who have received IRS certification. 

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Tax Season 2023: People May File Their Payments For Three, Thanks to VITA and TCE!

AARP said qualified people may get free basic paperworks via the IRS programs known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly. 

Over 50 years have passed since the VITA program started. 

People who require assistance completing their own tax returns, such as those who earn $60,000 or less, those with impairments, and those with low English proficiency, may get free filing services at VITA locations. 

Meanwhile, TCE provides free assistance, especially to people who are 60 years of age or older, and focuses on concerns regarding pensions and other topics relating to retirement that are important to senior citizens. 

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How IRS May Help

You might get free filing preparation assistance from the IRS if your adjusted gross income is $73,000 or less. Your adjusted gross income is your income less any payments you make for alimony, teacher fees, student loan interest, or retirement account contributions. 

The IRS provides two free filing options. The first is by using software that IRS allowed, which will allow you fill out the forms and transmit your return to the IRS online. See which of the offerings appeals to you most by browsing them here. Some people can also complete your state tax return.

Where to Find VITA Locations

Marca said you may go to one of the websites that come up when you Google them if you are eligible for VITA or TCE help.

Check which services they can provide and what you need to bring to assist the VITA/TCE experience before you visit one of these venues.

The volunteers will be able to help you right away once you have the necessary paperwork and information. 

Depending on where you are, different services may be offered; this is strictly based on the number of volunteers at that location. 

It also relies on the volunteers’ level of expertise in the tax law and science that you require for your filing. 

Some VITA locations now provide CAA services to eligible people in addition to their VITA offerings. 

To learn more about where to discover a bank that can establish an account online and to assist you choose the best account for you, you can also visit the FDIC website.

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