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Monday October 15, 2018
No-Cost Tax Help for Most Americans
In IR-2018-85, the IRS explained how taxpayers may qualify for free tax help. If you generally make $54,000 or less, are disabled or have limited English proficiency, you may visit one of the over 11,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites nationwide. VITA sites are often located at community and neighborhood centers.
Another option is the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. It offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those ages 60 and older. IRS certified VITA and TCE volunteers are trained to help with many tax questions, including questions about the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child and Dependent Care Credit.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is available for workers who earned less than $53,930 in 2017. Last year, almost 27 million eligible workers and families received over $65 billion in EITC. The maximum EITC amount for 2017 is $6,318 for qualifying families with three or more children. Individuals must file a tax return to receive the credit.
Taxpayers can find the nearest VITA or TCE location on www.IRS.gov, the IRS mobile app "IRS2Go" or by calling 800-906-9887. Taxpayers should bring the following documents or information with them when visiting a VITA or TCE site.
In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, each site will file returns electronically for free. Combining e-file with direct deposit is the fastest and most accurate way to file. The IRS issues nine out of 10 refunds in 21 days or less.
Published April 6, 2018