Image of three letters on wood blocks forming the word TAXIt's tax season! Check out our blog post to discover free resources and information that may be available to help you prepare and file your 2017 tax returns.

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Money Mondays: Tax Tips and Preparation

Feb 5, 2018

Image of a woman at a desk working on a laptopIt's tax season! As you prepare to file and pay your taxes, the following resources may be available at no cost to you.

Free tax help and preparation from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers 2 free services to help certain people prepare and file their taxes. Check out the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) to find out how IRS-certified volunteers may help you.

VITA offers free basic tax return preparation to people who:

  • Generally make $54,000 or less
  • Have a disability
  • Are limited-English-speaking taxpayers

 TCE offers free tax help for all taxpayers, especially those who:

  • Are 60 years old or older
  • Have questions about pensions or retirement-related issues

To find your local VITA or TCE sites, call 800-906-9887 or use the VITA Locator Tool.

Offered by the United Way, is an easy, safe and free way to file your taxes online and is available to taxpayers in all states who earned less than $64,000 last year. The site also offers support from IRS-certified specialists by phone, email, and chat messaging. To get started, review their Tax Preparation Checklist.

Accessible forms and publications

Check out the IRS's Accessible Forms & Publications page to download or view forms and documents in text-only, Braille-ready, accessible PDF, HTML and large-print formats. You can also find American Sign Language (ASL) videos with information on their YouTube channel.

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