The Internal Revenue Service offers taxpayers many different types of help, including line-by-line instructions for filling out forms, a free tax preparation service and a directory of tax return preparers. The IRS also provides information about the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.
In addition, the IRS website includes a searchable list of Frequently Asked Questions and an Interactive Tax Assistant tool that provides answers to tax law questions.
The IRS Free File tax preparation service allows taxpayers who earn less than $60,000 to download free software that makes filing taxes easier. Taxpayers who make more than $60,000 can use Free File's fillable forms, which make calculations automatically based on the information entered. The tax return preparers directory on the IRS website lets users search for a tax professional with specific credentials.
Through the VITA and TCE programs, IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax return help to those who qualify. VITA is for people who make $53,000 or less, the elderly, the disabled or those with limited English-language skills. VITA volunteers prepare tax returns and file returns electronically. TCE is for anyone but focuses on those 60 or older. TCE volunteers specialize in retirement-related issues, such as pensions. Taxpayers can find VITA or TCE volunteers near them through the IRS website.