Some taxpayers may be eligible for free tax help through a program offered by the United States Internal Revenue Service. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally earn $56,000 or less, as well as persons with disabilities and people who are not fluent in English. People who are 60 years of age or older also are eligible for free tax help through the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program, which specializes in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues. The availability of volunteers that work with these programs can vary based on the amount of certified individuals with tax law expertise in a given area. As a result, anyone hoping to take advantage of these services should consider contacting these programs well in advance of the deadline to file their returns.
Theresa Flerx is an editor and reporter for The West Virginia Daily News family of newspapers and an author of books of nonfiction and fiction. She has a degree in Criminal Justice Law/Enforcement. Flerx has won awards from the West Virginia Press Association and WV Writers Inc. 2015 Writing Competition.