Free Tax Assistance

March 20, 2017

There are five weeks until the April 18 deadline to file your 2016 individual income taxes. Don’t let the filing process stress you out. Many organizations offer free assistance and can help you through the process.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers two programs; the Volunteer Income Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) help qualifying taxpayers with their income tax returns for free. The VITA program is offered to those who make $52,000 or less and need assistance with preparing their tax returns. The TCE Program offers tax assistance to individuals who are at least 60 years old. To find a location near you that offers the VITA and TCE programs, click here.

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program offers free tax preparation to anyone in need. The program offers special attention to those at least 50 years old. The program is offered from more than 5,000 locations. To find a location near you, click here. Before visiting a location, visit the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide website to make sure you bring all the necessary documents.

Consider using the Indiana Department of Revenue’s free online filing program, Indiana freefile (INfreefile) to file your federal and state income taxes. Taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of $64,000 or less are likely to qualify for this program. You could be eligible to file your taxes for free using the same vendor software many pay to use. Find out if you qualify for INfreefile by visiting www.freefile.dor.in.gov.