About 12,000 free tax preparation sites are available this year for low-income and elderly taxpayers. The Internal Revenue Service has expanded its partnerships with nonprofit and community organizations that perform tax preparation services.
The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program offers free tax help to people who earn less than $40,000. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program offers free tax help to taxpayers who are 60 or older.
VITA sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools or shopping malls. Most locations also offer free electronic filing.
To find a VITA site, call 1-800-829-1040.