Find Free Tax Preparation in Your Community
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax help to people who generally
make $53,000 or less, people with disabilities, the elderly and people with limited English
who need help preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free, basic
income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.
In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program offers free tax help for all
taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions
about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified
volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-
VITA and TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers,
libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country.
At select tax sites, people also have an option to prepare their own basic federal and state
tax return for free using Web-based tax preparation software with an IRS-certified volunteer
to help guide them through the process. This option is only available at locations that
indicate Self-Prep in the site listing.
At a limited number of select sites people can get help using Virtual VITA/TCE. Virtual
VITA/TCE uses video chat software and secure file sharing technology to connect
taxpayers and IRS-certified volunteers in different geographic locations.
To locate the nearest VITA or TCE site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-
906-9887. You can also use the IRS2GO app to find a site near you.
Please note that when using the locator tool, you will exit IRS.gov and open Google Maps if
you need directions to a specific location.
A majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax Aide program. To
locate the nearest AARP TCE Tax Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site
Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.
Before going to a VITA or TCE site, see Publication 3676-B for services provided. Check
out the “What to Bring” page to ensure you have all the required documents and
information our volunteers will need to help you. *Note: available services can vary at each
site due to the availability of volunteers certified with the tax law expertise required for your
Note to editor: Below are additional resources available on IRS.gov.
• Free File: Do your federal taxes for free
• Forms and Publications
• Credits and Deductions
• Help and Resources
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