Tax Assistance from the IRS
The IRS is the sponsor of two volunteer programs to assist in the preparation of their taxes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program is for taxpayers that earn less than $49,000 a year. While the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program is designed to help anyone over the age of 59. The programs provide volunteers who are specially trained to help these two groups. The volunteers want to make sure tax payers are filing their returns with the correct tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Credit for the Elderly.
In partnership with community centers and nonprofit organizations, the IRS has setup 12,000 tax assistance sites and plans to open more. The AARP is a major organization involved in establishing these centers with over 5,000 Tax-Aid centers nationwide. Many of the centers also offer language specialist to interrupt the tax laws in your first language.
The military is another large organization that is in partnership with the IRS to assist in the preparation of tax returns. Military families worldwide can find volunteers to help them prepare their taxes and ensure they receive all tax credits they are eligible for. Combat zone tax benefits are a major concern of these volunteers. Contact your local community center or non-profit organization for locations and office hours.
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