Every year Americans spend billions of dollars getting someone to help do their taxes. Over a billion dollars was spent last year on getting help with the short form alone. Here is how to get free tax help.

Things You Will Need

Tax forms

Information to complete taxes

Step 1

Call the IRS for assistance. The IRS has a toll free line you can call to ask general tax questions. For individuals the number is 1-800-829-1040. For businesses, the hearing impaired and others see resources for link.

Step 2

To get free tax help, contact your local IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC), if you feel your questions can not be answered by phone and/or want to meet with someone in person,

Step 3

If you are over 60 and have a low income, contact the AARP for to get free tax help. AARP volunteers who have been certified by the IRS operated thousands of sites across the country during tax season. Contact the AARP at (888) 227-7669. Or click link in resources below to go to the AARP tax site.

Step 4

If you are a low income taxpayer, check the low income tax payer clinics (LITC) in your area to see if you qualify to get free tax help. Each of these has different guidelines. Some specialize in ESL clients.

Step 5

To get free tax help check into the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, (VITA). This organization helps the elderly, low to moderate income families, non-English speaking clients, people with disablities and others with special needs. To locate a VITA site, call 1-800-829-1040.

Step 6

If you are military, look into VITA. VITA offers free tax help for the military with tax advisors are specially trained to deal with military tax issues. Call 1-800-829-1040 to locate a VITA site

Step 7

Another source to get free tax help is taxpayer forums. Keep in mind as you use these sites, that you may not be getting advice from a tax professional. Anyone can participate. But you may find it helpful. One to check out is www.turbotaxsupport.com.

Filing your tax return in a timely fashion is important. Look for free tax help early so you can be done on time.

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