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New IRS online tool locates free tax help sites

New IRS online tool locates free tax help sites

CREATED Feb 13, 2012

Web Producer: Amber Sumpter

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Taxpayers need not worry, in person tax assistance is here.

The Internal Revenue Service now provides an online tool to help people locate volunteer tax preparation assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

Volunteers with VITA locations offer free tax preparation for people with incomes of $50,000 or less.

The tool is avaliable 24-hours a day by searching "VITA" in www.IRS.gov. Click on "Free Tax Return Preparation For You by Volunteers," then "Find a VITA site near you."

On the site, the zip code search will narrow down tax sites with VITA volunteers.

Last year, more than three million tax returns were prepared during the 2011 tax filing season by volunteers with the VITA program and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program.

Taxpayers with priority assistance being 60 years or older receive free tax service from The Tax Counseling for the Elderly program. A TCE locator is available on the AARP website at www.AARP.org.