Volunteer Tax Assistance

Much to everyone’s chagrin the 2010 tax season is almost upon us. If you are looking for 2010 income tax preparation that won’t cost a dime,you may qualify for a sponsored community based  IRS program.

These are a few facts you may want to know about the Volunteer Tax Assistance programs.

1. The Volunteer Tax Assistance and 2010 Tax Council program for senior citizens are sponsored by the IRS.

2. The Volunteer Tax Assistance service gives 2010 tax assistance free of charge for those who earned less than $49,000. Some locations have free filing services.

3. The Tax Counseling for the Elderly service gives tax assistance to those age 60 and older.

4. If you don’t speak good English, several sites provide free translation services.

5. The program volunteers get raining from the IRS to assist qualified taxpayers with tax credits and deductions like the Earned income Credit, elderly tax benefit, and child tax benefit.

6. As many as 12,000 free locations are open for the 2010 tax year across the country as the IRS proceeds to establish more business relationships with community and nonprofit centers carrying out these important services.

7. AARP has more than 6000 Volunteer Tax Assistance locations providing the free tax help program during tax season. The full licensed and trained volunteer AARP staff give aide to taxpayers who earn low to average wages with special attention given those over 60.

8. The IRS also collaborates with the military to provide 2010 tax service free to members of the military and their household. The Armed Forces Tax program is made up of tax program counselors for the Air Force, navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Army who are trained thoroughly and prepared to handle any detailed like combat zone benefits.

9. The hours and locations vary by city and details can be found through local community centers and hot line information.

10. You can find out about local Volunteer Tax Assistance locations from the IRS site or by calling their toll-free number at 1-800-906-9887. For the AARP Tax Aide Program closest to you, call 1-888-227-7669 or go to their website at AARP.org.