Free Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help to low- to moderate-income taxpayers (generally $55,000 and below) who cannot prepare their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers sponsored by various organizations receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. Most locations also offer free electronic filing. To see a list of the VITA sites in and around the 40th Congressional District, click here. You can also visit this website to locate the free tax preparation site nearest you.

In addition to the VITA program, the IRS offers a Free File option for everyone, regardless of income. You can visit the IRS Free File website here to learn about the different options and how to take advantage of this program when filing your federal taxes.

Also, you may be interested to learn more about the Earned Income Tax Credit, also known as the EITC. The EITC is a credit for people who earn low to moderate incomes (individuals with earned income less than $49,194 and married couples filing jointly with income less than $54,884). The EITC can reduce taxes and result in a refund, which means working families and individuals keep more of what they earn. To learn more about the EITC and to see if you qualify, visit the Internal Revenue Service’s EITC page here.

The IRS also has a resource for small businesses, the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center. You can check out the information, forms, and publications that small business owners and entrepreneurs need to have.