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What is VITA?

The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who make $64,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation and free electronic filing to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions. VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, and other convenient locations.

In addition to traditional face-to-face tax preparation, the IRS also offers self-assistance service at select locations and through the websites of select community partners. If individuals have a simple tax return and need a little help or do not have access to a computer, they can visit one of the participating tax preparation sites or partner websites for assistance. This service is available to people who make $60,000 or less.

Please check individual sites for qualifications and availability.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Their help is free, individualized and there are no strings attached. Membership in AARP is not necessary, and taxpayers of all ages are welcome to use this service. IRS-certified volunteers are trained to assist taxpayers in preparing their federal tax returns, and returns are electronically filed.

To locate a site near you, visit their website at www.aarp.org/findtaxhelp or call their toll-free number 1-888-AARP-NOW (1-888-227-7669) from late January to April 15. In some localities, you may be able to call 2-1-1 to make an appointment. To read more about AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, to see a list of important documents to bring to your appointment, or to volunteer, please visit their website at www.aarp.org/taxaide.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in cooperation with the IRS.