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IRS VITA Program

Certified volunteers prepare your taxes

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program is an Internal Revenue Service initiative that offers free tax preparation to the public by IRS-certified volunteers through various partner organizations. These organizations include, but are not limited to, United Ways, Food Banks, local financial empowerment organizations, or colleges and universities. Every community is different but generally VITAs provide free virtual and/or in-person basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals (those who made $60,000 or less in 2022). The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. Due to the dedication and commitment of thousands of organizations and tens of thousands of volunteers, nearly two million individuals and families received free tax preparation and e-filing services last year.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) 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.

IRS Free File

Tax software products to help you prepare your own return

Through IRS Free File, taxpayers can review products donated by multiple tax software companies and choose the free offer that best meets their needs. This year, families with an adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less qualify to use one – or more – of the free software products.

Taxpayers can use Free File anywhere they feel comfortable using the Internet; there is nothing to download or buy.

The products available through Free File do not include advertisements, cross-sells, or up-sells, and refund anticipation loans are banned.

Last year, more than four million taxpayers were able to use free tax software products to self-prepare their taxes through this program. Since its debut in 2003, the Free File program has helped taxpayers file more than 65 million returns.