A number of companies, organizations and volunteers provide free tax-filing help. Most of the free assistance is for people whose tax situation is relatively simple, but it never hurts to ask. Some programs have income limits for free assistance.
If you do your own tax return and your adjusted gross income is $57,000 or less, you can file free from the IRS website, using Free File software.
Here are places you can find free tax help:
- AARP Tax-Aide. This program provides free help to low- and moderate-income taxpayers of any age, with special attention to people over 60. Most of the aides are in libraries or senior centers.
- The IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will file your return for free if you meet income guidelines, generally under $49,000 a year, according to the IRS website. To locate the nearest VITA site, call 1-800-906-9887.