Free Tax Preparation and Filing

Income Tax Assistance Program for Volunteers

As a former tax preparation volunteer during my military service, I am continually astounded and appalled by the amount of people who pay hard-earned and hard-saved dollars to get their simple income tax forms prepared and filed for them – when most Americans are eligible for free tax assistance! Every year, millions of taxpayers in the United States spend their hard-earned money to get their taxes prepared and filed by them. If you spend money on tax preparation every year, make sure you don’t qualify for free tax preparation assistance through one of the following tax preparation assistance services, which are most likely available right in your own neighbourhood. Some tax planning assistance plans are income-based, while others are age-based for senior citizens, or even military-specific with no income or age restrictions. Find out here Tax Preparation Near Me

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programme is available in most U.S. cities and counties, but it is income-based, which means that to qualify for planning and filing assistance, tax filers must earn less than $50,000 and be unable to prepare their own returns. While the IRS maintains a partial list of VITA sites around the United States, it is not all-inclusive, so it’s best to check with your local IRS office for known community-based sites; you’re not likely to find out from your local H&R Block or Jackson-Hewitt tax preparation office – check your local phone book, newspaper, or with community-based organisations for a more complete listing of VITA sites. To search for nearby VITA locations, call 800-906-9887, which is a toll-free number set up by the IRS.

Free Tax Assistance for Military Personnel

Service members and their families can also get free tax preparation assistance through the VITA scheme, which is run in collaboration with the Armed Forces Tax Council (AFTC). The VITA programme is critical in addressing military-specific issues such as combat zone pay exclusions, basic allowance for housing (BAH) issues, and the ever-volatile Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which is a tricky issue for military members receiving BAH, BAS (basic allowance for sustenance), and the ever-volatile Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Members of VITA who deal with military personnel and their families undergo advanced training on military tax issues.