Income tax season is set to take off at the end of January 2015 and it is now time to book an appointment with your legal tax preparer! These appointments can often be expensive, but filers who made under $53,000 in 2014 can obtain FREE legal assistance through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program to guarantee a maximum return. Persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking filers can also obtain FREE assistance through this program. (This program additionally helps filers apply for the ITINs, if needed).
To find a VITA site near you, consult the IRS locator tool at: http://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/
Be prepared to leave your information (name and phone number), and gather all tax documents (Social Security Numbers, ITINS, W-2s, W-9s, Receipts, Educational Expense Receipts, etc.) prior to your appointment.