Tax Season 2023
As tax season starts this 2023, many Americans are preparing for their tax returns. However, the process can be daunting and expensive, especially for those who need assistance. Fortunately, there are several resources available that offer free tax preparation help.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers the Free File program, which allows eligible taxpayers to use tax software from private companies to prepare and file their federal tax returns at no cost. Additionally, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free tax assistance to individuals with incomes of $57,000 or less, those with disabilities, and English language learners. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax assistance to individuals aged 60 and above. Both VITA and TCE are managed by trained volunteers and are available at community centers, libraries, schools, and other locations.
Another option for low- and middle-income taxpayers is the AARP Tax-Aide program. This program offers free tax preparation assistance with a focus on individuals aged 50 and above. AARP Tax-Aide is available at over 5,000 venues throughout the country and is managed by trained volunteers.
It is essential to note that while these programs offer free assistance, taxpayers should still gather all necessary documents and information before seeking help. This includes W-2 forms, 1099 forms, bank statements, and other financial records.
It’s essential to be prepared for our taxes. Fortunately, there are free tax preparation resources available, such as the IRS Free File program, VITA, TCE, and AARP Tax-Aide. These programs provide valuable assistance to low- and middle-income taxpayers, the elderly, and those who speak limited English. Be sure to gather all necessary documents and information before seeking help to ensure a smooth and efficient process.