The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") seeks volunteers to provide free tax return preparation through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the IRS is rolling out new ways to make volunteering easier and safer.
For over 50 years, volunteers have prepared tax returns in communities across the country. Each year, thousands of volunteers prepare millions of tax returns through the VITA and TCE programs.
The VITA program offers free tax help to people who make $57,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers.
The TCE program offers free tax help to those who are 60 years of age and older. TCE volunteers specialize in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.
There are many available volunteer roles:
- Greeters to help screen taxpayers to determine the type of assistance they need.
- Interpreters to provide language services.
- Tax preparers to use electronic filing software to complete tax returns.
- Tax coaches, at some sites, to encourage taxpayers to prepare their own tax returns and help them through the process.
The programs offer free training to help volunteers learn the skills they need. Some roles require tax law training and certification, but other roles do not. There is a spot for everyone who wants to help.
For more information or questions, please contact the Tax Attorneys at Fazzio Law Offices, we're in your corner!
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