Program Description

The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program provides free tax assistance to people who are age 60 and older. IRS-certified volunteers provide free assistance and basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals at community locations across the nation. The IRS enters into agreements with private or non-governmental public non-profit agencies and organizations, which will provide training and technical assistance to volunteers who provide free tax counseling services.

General Program Requirements

You are able to use this program if you are an individual age 60 or older who is in need of either counseling or return preparation services.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

No application is needed to use this program. To locate the nearest TCE site for services or volunteering, use the VITA/TCE Locator Tool located on the Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers page or call 800-906-9887. Majority of the TCE sites are operated by the AARP Foundation's Tax Aide program. To locate the nearest AARP TCE Tax-Aide site between January and April use the AARP Site Locator Tool or call 888-227-7669.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the Tax Counseling for the Elderly page and the Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers pages.

Or contact the help line at 1-800-906-9887.

Or send an email to

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