The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program from the IRS
Every year, more than 12,000 volunteer staffed tax assistance locations are sponsored by the IRS and opened by community and non-profit groups. These volunteer staffers are able to provide basic tax preparation services for the members and beneficiaries of their non-profit organizations.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for the Elderly
Elderly taxpayers are assisted by the AARP and its Tax-Aide volunteer program. It is geared toward lower and middle income taxpayers, especially those who are 60 years of age and older. Tax-Aide provides each beneficiary with a volunteer tax preparer, whose work is then checked by a second volunteer before the final return is e-filed for maximum efficiency. It is available at 6,000 locations nationwide and is a part of the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for Military Personnel
Active military personnel benefit from IRS assistance through the Armed Forces Tax Council, which includes volunteers who assist members of the armed forces with their special tax needs. Each branch of the armed forces is represented and assisted by the council, and its volunteers are specially trained to deal with military related tax relief.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Resources
More information about the volunteer programs is available at the irs.gov website. The IRS recommends that eligible taxpayers locate and take advantage of this authorized volunteer service, so that they can be assured of obtaining all pertinent IRS tax relief.