MOUNTAINSIDE – Taxpayers seeking tax preparation assistance should look into the IRS sponsored, community-based, volunteer tax return preparation programs. The IRS sponsors both the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.
“More than 12,000 free tax preparation sites are open nationwide this year as the IRS continues to expand its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations performing these vital tax preparation services,” said New Jersey’s IRS Spokesman Gregg Semanick. “The volunteer sites help prepare basic tax returns for free to those who qualify.”
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help to people who earn less than $49,000, non-English speaking individuals and those with disabilities.
The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program offers free tax help to taxpayers who are 60 and older.
The IRS trains community volunteers so they can help eligible taxpayers with several special credits and deductions, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
As part of the TCE program, AARP offers the Tax-Aide counseling program at over 5,000 sites nationwide during the filing season. Trained and certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteer counselors provide assistance to low-to-moderate people, with special attention paid to those 60 and older.
Local volunteer tax preparation site information is also available by calling the IRS toll-free number 1-800-906-9887. To locate the nearest AARP Tax-Aide site, call 1-888-227-7669 (888-AARPNOW) or visit www aarp.org.