You May Qualify for Free Preparation Services

Each year, organizations from across the state come together to offer free tax assistance to Florida families and individuals. With the average cost of preparation around $200 per return, seeking out a qualified tax volunteer can mean big savings. These savings can offer much-needed funds to pay down debt or boost savings accounts. Keep reading to learn about two programs that may be able to help this tax season.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

This program offers free tax help to community members earning $64,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic return preparation and electronic filing to qualifying individuals. Taxpayers can also learn about special tax credits – like the Earned Income Tax Credit – that can offer additional savings. VITA sites are located at libraries, schools, and other community organizations across Florida.

Click here to learn more or find a free tax preparation site in your area.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program

This program offers free, individualized tax preparation for low- and moderate-income taxpayers – especially those 50 and older – at more than 5,000 locations nationwide. IRS-certified volunteers are available to assist with federal returns, which are filed electronically. AARP membership is not required and taxpayers of all ages are welcome to take advantage of this free service.

Click here to find a Tax-Aide site near you.

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