Each year, millions of people have their taxes prepared for free. The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs have helped people for more than 40 years. Many people know these programs by their initials. Here are 10 tips from the IRS about VITA and TCE:
1. Trained and Certified. The IRS works with local community groups to train and certify VITA and TCE volunteers.
2. VITA Program. VITA generally offers free tax return preparation to people who earn $53,000 or less.
3. TCE Program. TCE is mainly for people age 60 or older. The program specializes in tax issues unique to seniors. AARP participates in the TCE program and helps people with low to moderate incomes.