Many Americans do not know where to start during tax season. Many do not realize there is free assistance for some in certain circumstances. No, this is not some scam for some software that you will have to pay right before you hit the submit button. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program locations are in communities across the country in all 50 states and District of Columbia helping those with certain circumstances.

The VITA program is an IRS initiative to promote and support free tax preparation services for the low-to-moderate income (usually up to $54,000), disabled, elderly and those that are not primarily English-speaking taxpayers. They are usually located at churches, public libraries, colleges, schools and other locations right where you work and live. For specifics on what the VITA sites will prepare, click here. To find a location, click here. Some locations require an appointment so don’t forget to call to schedule one if required.  Make sure you bring everything you need to file as well.  Click here for your checklist of documentation you will need with you. Q&A

There is also a program designed to provide Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). This is free tax help to those 60 and older and help with questions about retirement-related issues.

Want to become a IRS-certified tax volunteer? Wonderful! Click here to learn how.