The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in 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 (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. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
Before going to a VITA or TCE site, click here for a list of services provided and 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 return.
Want to file on your own?
If you are comfortable using a computer and would like to prepare your own taxes without paying for the software, we recommend using MyFreeTaxes.com. It’s fast, easy and free if you make under $66,000 annually. Click here to get started!
Do you need to renew your ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number)?
Your ITIN may expire before you file a tax return in 2019.
- All ITINs not used on a federal tax return at least once in the last three years will expire on December 31, 2018.
- ITINs with middle digits 70, 71, 72, 78, 79, or 80 must be renewed before you file for any year.
- Additionally, all ITINs issued before 2013 with middle digits of 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 81, or 82 (Example: (9XX-73-XXXX) will also expire on 12/31/2018. You can renew now or during the next filing season.
If you need to file a tax return in 2019 and your ITIN has expired or will expire before you file in 2019, IRS recommends you submit your renewal application now to prevent potential delays in the processing of your return. If you use an expired ITIN on a U.S. tax return, it will be processed and treated as timely filed, but without any exemptions and/or credits claimed and no refund will be paid at that time. You will receive a notice explaining the delay in any refund and that the ITIN has expired.