Low- or moderate-income tax preparation help
Do you have a low or moderate income? You may qualify for free help to file your federal tax return and apply for a property tax adjustment or renter credit (formerly called the renter rebate).
For most filers, the deadline for 2023 tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2024.
- If your income is $79,000 or less, you can save time and money by using one of the Free File tax prep products offered by 8 commercial software companies on the Internal Revenue Service website, IRS.gov/freefile. The Free File site lets you do your federal tax returns either using brand-name software or online fillable forms. Free File is for federal returns, but most companies also offer state tax return preparation. Some offer state return preparation for free.
- You can also find free file software at My Free Taxes, if your income is $79,000 or less.
- If your income is over $79,000/year and you are comfortable preparing your own tax return, you can use Free File Fillable Forms.
Get free help from a tax preparer
- These organizations can help low-income residents during the first few months of the year (during tax season):
- IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) — Call 2-1-1 or use the IRS VITA/TCE site locator tool to find a free tax preparation site near you. VITA generally offers free tax help to you if you make $64,000 or less, if you have a disability, or if you have limited English skills. They can help you prepare basic tax returns. Be sure to bring these documents to your appointment.
- Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) — Call 2-1-1 or use the IRS VITA/TCE site locator tool to find a free tax preparation site near you. TCE offers free tax help for taxpayers 60 years of age and older. They specialize in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues. Be sure to bring these documents to your appointment.
- AARP Tax-Aide — Call 2-1-1 or visit AARP's Tax-Aide website to find a free tax preparation site near you. It's not just for seniors!
- Help at any time of the year:
- Vermont’s Community Action Agencies — These organizations can help low-income Vermonters file tax forms year-round.
For Taxpayer Assistance from the Vermont Department of Taxes, call 1-866-828-2865.
- The Vermont Taxpayer Advocate works to resolve taxpayers’ issues with the Vermont Department of Taxes.
- VITA and AARP Tax Aide sites can usually help with Vermont tax returns, Vermont renter credits (rebates) and Vermont property tax adjustments.
Vermont Free File
- Some IRS Free File vendors also offer free Vermont returns. Find a list of Vermont Free File vendors at the Vermont Free File website.
- You can file a Renter Credit, Homestead Declaration or Property Tax Credit claim online with MyVTax. This service is free.