The Earned Income Tax Credit: Free Tax Help!


You want to know if you qualify for the earned income tax credit, or just get some help filing your tax return? We’ve got the resources for you listed below.  If you qualify for EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, you also qualify for a variety of free tax help and no-cost tax return preparation including electronic filing.


Refund Timing for Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credit Filers

Refunds for Earned Income Tax Credit and Additional Child Tax Credits held until February 15th if you file early.


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VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax help to people who make $53,000 or less. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing in local communities. VITA sites are located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations.

Self-Help Tax Preparation

Many VITA and TCE locations now offer help to those who don’t have access to a computer or want to make sure they prepare their tax return correctly. Do it yourselfers can visit one of the participating tax preparation sites and an IRS-certified volunteer will guide them through the process.

Find a VITA and VITA Self-help Site

There are thousands of VITA sites located across the country. Find a site near you between January and April using the VITA Locator Tool on Or, call 1-800-906-9887 or your community’s 211 or 311 help line.


The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older. TCE specializes in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. IRS-certified volunteers provide tax counseling, return preparation and electronic filing.

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