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Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Who Is Eligible

Free tax preparation assistance is available for eligible low-to-middle-income and senior Vermonters.

The IRS and AARP sponsor free tax assistance for eligible Vermonters. All volunteers receive training from the IRS and the Vermont Department of Taxes. Assistance is available to prepare and file the following:

  • Federal Income Tax Return

  • Vermont State Income Tax Return

  • Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Credit Claim

  • Household Income Schedule

  • Renter Credit Claim

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) And Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs

The IRS sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. In Vermont these programs are provided statewide by Vermont Community Action Agencies

The VITA Program offers free tax help to people who generally earn less than $64,000, persons with disabilities, the elderly, and taxpayers with limited English who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. The TCE program gives priority to seniors aged 60 years and older.

To learn about these programs and eligibility, visit the IRS website or locate VITA and TCE assistance sites near you

Get a description of VITA and TCE free tax preparation assistance services in English and Spanish.

How to Become a Volunteer

These tax assistance programs are only successful with the help of volunteers willing to give their time and expertise to help taxpayers eligible for these free services. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the program that interests you.

AARP Tax-aide Program

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program provides tax assistance sites to taxpayers with low and moderate-income, with special attention to those 50 years and older who cannot afford a tax preparation service.

To locate an AARP Tax-aide site near you, visit AARP.


MyFreeTaxes is provided by United Way in partnership with VITA to help filers file their federal and state taxes in person or online for free. Learn more about MyFreeTaxes.

MyFreeTaxes helps qualified taxpayers by offering online filing at myfreetaxes and in-person or online tax assistance in local communities through the VITA and AARP programs:

  • Qualify for free in-person tax filing assistance if your income in 2023 was $60,000 or less.

  • Qualify for free phone or online filing assistance with MyFreeTaxes if your income was less than $79,000 in 2023. If your income was $79,000 or more, you can still file for free, but MyFreeTaxes will redirect you to a third-party filing service.