2024 Tax Return Resources

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As the 2024 tax season unfolds, navigating the complex process of tax preparation and filing can seem difficult for many. While many people are able to complete their taxes without help, some vulnerable and specific groups may struggle. However, there are tax return resources and programs designed to assist these groups. Special assistance ensures support for those who fall into one of these groups. These special groups could include senior citizens, low-income earners, and those with a disability.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

One of the cornerstone tax return resources available is the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA offers free tax help to people who generally make $60,000 or less. It also helps persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who require help. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. This program is a huge help for those who need assistance with their taxes, but cannot afford to seek out help.

Tax Counseling For the Elderly Program

For seniors, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program represents a critical support system. Tailored for those aged 60 and older, TCE specializes in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues. Many of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. The AARP program has been assisting older adults with moderate to low income for decades. These services not only offer peace of mind but also help in maximizing returns by ensuring all eligible credits and deductions are utilized.


IRS Locator for finding VITA and TCE program assistance locally: https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/

Resources For Those With Disabilities

Additionally, individuals with disabilities may find tax season particularly challenging. However, numerous resources are designed to assist them. Aside from the VITA program, there are various tax credits and deductions available specifically for taxpayers with disabilities. These include the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low to moderate-income workers and the Disability Tax Credit. The Disability tax credit is for those with a severe and prolonged physical or mental impairment. Those with a disability should also seek out help to make sure they are filing correctly, if needed.

Navigating the tax season can be significantly less stressful with the right resources at hand. Programs like VITA and TCE provide essential services that ensure access to tax assistance for all, no matter their situation. By taking advantage of these resources, taxpayers ease the process of tax preparation. Whether you’re a senior, a low-income earner, or an individual with disabilities,  support is available to guide you through this tax season!

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