Free Tax Time

It is that time of year where we all must have our yearly tax forms completed.  The Internal Revenue Service offers free assistance with tax return preparation for qualified individuals:

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers its yearly free assistance Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs.  All volunteers are IRS-certified and can assist with basic tax return questions and preparation.  

The VITA program assists individuals that make $51,000.00 yearly or less.  Some of the general information provided will be Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.  If you would like to find a location nearest to you please visit VITA Locator Tool or call 1-800-906-9887.   

The TCE program assists individuals 60 years of age and older with questions about pensions and retirement.  If you would like to find a location nearest to you please visit AARP Site Locator Tool or call 1-888-227-7669tax 2

  • Please bring the following if you would like assistance with your tax preparation:
  • Proof of Identification – Picture ID
  • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents
  • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you your spouse and dependents
  • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
  • Date of Births for you, your spouse, and dependents on tax return
  • Wage and earning statement (s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
  • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
  • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers
  • Total paid for daycare provider and daycare provider’s tax identifying number
  • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms

**The majority of VITA and TCE sites are open annually from late January to early February and until April 15.**

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