Free Tax Preparation Help for Vermonters in 2024

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Many organizations offer free tax filing assistance to Vermonters. Depending on your needs, you might qualify for free help through special programs for lower-income and/or senior Vermonters. If you have questions about whether your workers' compensation, personal injury, or Social Security disability money is taxed, find answers from our lawyers here

Your 2023 tax return is due Monday, April 15, 2024, so be sure to 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 lower-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 its VITA and TCE programs. These are staffed by trained and knowledgeable volunteers who understand the tax laws.

VITA provides free tax services to people who need help preparing their tax return. This includes people who earned $64,000 or less in 2023, who are not fluent in English, or who suffer from a disability. If you meet any of these requirements, a VITA volunteer can help you file your tax return electronically. They can also find out 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 your closest VITA or TCE site.

Local Community Action Agencies

Most of Vermont's community action agencies have programs that help Vermonters with their taxes. They are now offering appointments for free tax help. Contact the agency in your county for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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. The clinic offers education and outreach events and materials to help taxpayers understand their tax responsibilities and to get benefits (like the Earned Income Tax Credit) that they may qualify for. Its staff also speak up for low-income taxpayers and suggest changes to rules that cause Vermonters economic hardship

Get in touch by filling out their form or call 1-800-889-2047 to find out if you qualify.

AARP’s Tax-Aide

AARP provides free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. Find your closest location using their Tax-Aide Locator or call 888-227-7669.

Contact Biggam Fox Skinner if you have questions about taxes and your workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Our experienced team is proud to provide knowledgeable guidance and personalized legal services to Vermonters. Call or text us at 802-455-9141 to schedule a free case evaluation today.