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IRS: Volunteer income tax assistance explained

The tax season for 2022 is going to be a bit more complex than previous seasons, according to the IRS.

IRS tax return you can get help with through IRS volunteer programs

There’s additional information people will need to add to their returns they normally wouldn’t need to.

This year you can get help through the IRS to prepare your taxes and make sure they’re accurate.


Tax Refund: Dates you’ll see average $2,200 refunds from IRS

IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

The IRS offers two programs to help specific populations with their tax returns.

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)

Volunteers are held to high standards and are required to pass tax law training meeting IRS expectations.

Part of the training focuses on privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information.


Reasons your tax refund is late

Who can use the IRS’s volunteer services?

VITA has been around for 50 years and helps:

  • Those making under $58,000 per year
  • Disabled individuals
  • Those needing help with English

Both programs assist those 60 and older.

These services can often be found at local community centers, libraries, schools, and sometimes even shopping malls.

Call 800-906-9887 to locate a service near you.


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What to bring to the IRS volunteer service programs

  • ID
  • Social Security cards for anyone on the tax return
  • ITIN
  • Birth dates
  • Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, or 1099-Misc
  • Health insurance
  • Last year’s returns
  • Bank account information
  • If filing married filing joint electronically, your spouse
  • Daycare costs
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