Free Tax Preparation Assistance

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: To protect the public and volunteers from COVID-19, in-person tax preparation program sites have closed. We encourage you to work with a tax preparer remotely or to use Free File to file federal and Vermont forms file online yourself. Visit our Free File page to see if you qualify and find out what options are available. For additional Stay Safe Stay Home Sector-Specific Guidance, including Financial, Legal and Professional Services, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s website.

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 Rebate 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. The VITA Program generally offers free tax help to people who generally make $56,000 or less, 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 age 60 years and older.

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

Interested In Becoming 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.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly Programs
AARP Tax-Aide Program

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 Partnership

The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. The MyFreeTaxes Partnership includes the Walmart Foundation, Americorps/Vista, and United Way.

The partnership helps qualified taxpayers by offering online filing at myfreetaxes and in-person tax  assistance in local communities through the VITA and AARP programs. To qualify for free tax filing for the 2019 tax year, your income must be $66,000 or less.