Public service programs at the heart of taxpayer empowerment

Right now, all across the country in churches, libraries, schools and community centers, thousands of volunteers are hard at work at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs providing free tax preparation assistance to people in need. Each tax season, 95,000 independent volunteers donate their personal time to 4,000 community tax…

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It’s “tax time,” when more than 150 million Americans need to begin preparing and filing tax returns for calendar year 2017. For many, tax preparation can feel like a big task and not necessarily one they relish. But for most, there are ways to make it easier, less time consuming and less expensive.   And, despite all…

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While Congress debates tax reform, and the need to truly simplify the tax code for average taxpayers, we highlight two programs aimed at helping taxpayers in need of assistance to prepare and file their taxes for free. All across the country, in churches, libraries, schools, community centers and other public meeting halls, thousands of Volunteer…

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