IRS introduces a new tool to find nearest VITA location

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By Molly C. Herndon

The IRS has introduced a new tool for taxpayers to use to find locations for help with filing their returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA, program. VITA locations typically offer free assistance with tax preparation for individuals with an income of $50,000 or less.
Click here to find the VITA tax preparation site nearest to you.

VITA was created in 1969, and in 2011, volunteers prepared more than 3 million tax returns through the VITA program and the sister program, Tax Counseling for the Elderly.

Another good program to be aware of is the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. This program provides priority tax preparation services for all taxpayers over age 60. Click here to find TCE locations.

In addition, the Internal Revenue Service just announced the North Carolina organizations funded to offer tax payer preparation assistance for low-income tax payers.
The organizations are:

  • Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina – Durham $37,500
  • Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Inc. – Charlotte $92,000
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law – Durham $75,000
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