The IRS filing deadline is less than two months away, reviving a task that ranks somewhere near having a root canal for a lot of Americans. However, there are many national service members who are ready and willing to tackle the job, free of charge, through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Who says accountants should have all the fun?
The VITA program provides free tax preparation assistance for people who make $51,000 or less, and can generally be found at community centers, libraries, schools, or other convenient locations during this time of year. These IRS-certified volunteers can ensure that their clients claim all the deductions and credits for which they qualify, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, or Credit for the Elderly or Disabled.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) supports programs across the nation that provides volunteers and national service members dedicated to this work. These efforts have helped thousands save money on preparation fees and claim credits that can make a big difference for families struggling to make ends meet.
Tax season is never fun, but thanks to the assistance of national service members like these, it can be a little bit easier for families and seniors who could use some help with their returns.
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