10 Surprising Tax Preparation Tips

Free Tax Help
Tax assistance is standing by (if you qualify for help). © BernardaSv/iStockphoto

Believe it or not, the IRS offers free tax preparation help in cities and towns around the country to qualified taxpayers through its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. The IRS works with community groups to train volunteers for both programs.

VITA generally offers free tax prep to both people who earn less than $52,000 per year and members of the military. TCE is designed for people aged 60 and older. TCE volunteers are trained to help with tax issues specific to this age group. Both programs also offer taxpayers free e-filing [source: IRS Tips]. Who knew the IRS offered anything for free? Almost makes it worth it to earn less money and grow older.