Free Tax Preparation Help for Vermonters
Navigating Tax Season After an Injury
During tax preparation time, many organizations offer free tax filing assistance to Vermonters. Depending on your needs and your situation, you might qualify for free help through special programs for low-income and/or senior Vermonters.
Your 2020 tax return is due Monday, May 17, 2021, so contact a program soon if you need assistance.
Which Free Tax Help Program Is Best For Me?
Best for senior Vermonters:
- IRS’s Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program
- AARP’s Tax-Aide
Best for low-income Vermonters:
- The IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
- Vermont Legal Aid’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
- Your local Community Action Agency
Read below for more information about each program.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)
The IRS offers free tax assistance through the VITA and TCE programs.
You can qualify for VITA if you need help preparing your own tax return and you earned $57,000 or less, aren’t fluent in English, or suffer from a disability. If you meet these requirements, a VITA volunteer can help you file your tax return electronically. They can also determine if you qualify for any tax credits that can let you keep more of your income.
The TCE program offers free tax help for taxpayers who are 60 years of age or older. TCE specializes in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.
Use the IRS’s VITA/TCE Locator Tool to find a VITA or TCE site near you.
Vermont Community Action Agencies
Most of the community action agencies in Vermont have programs in place to help Vermonters with their taxes. Contact the agency in your county for more information about free tax help.
- Chittenden, Franklin, Addison, and Grand Isle counties: Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity
- Orleans, Caledonia, and Essex counties: Northeast Kingdom Community Action
- Rutland and Bennington counties: BROC - Community Action in Southwestern Vermont
- Washington, Lamoille, and Orange counties: Capstone Community Action
- Windham and Windsor counties: Southeastern Vermont Community Action
Vermont Legal Aid
Legal Aid’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic offers free or low-cost assistance to low-income taxpayers who have a dispute with the IRS about an audit, tax debt, levy, or lien. Get in touch by filling out their form or call 1-800-889-2047 to find out if you qualify.
Contact Biggam Fox Skinner if you have questions about filing a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Our experienced team is proud to provide knowledgeable guidance and personalized legal services to Vermonters. Call us at 802-455-9141 or fill out an online form to schedule a free case evaluation today.