Free Tax Return Preparation Offered by IRS Volunteers
Colleen E. Harrison, EA, CAA
Former IRS Revenue Agent
(17 years with the IRS as a Revenue Agent)
Need Free Tax Help? Contact VITA
The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $52,000 or less. (This amount can vary from year to year so contact the IRS for details)
What is VITA? Certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls, and other convenient locations.
Items You Need to Bring
To have your tax return(s) prepared at a VITA or TCE site you need to bring the following information with you:
It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.
If you or your dependent is not eligible to get a Social Security Number, you may need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).