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Free Tax Help with My EITC Return

You are responsible for what’s on your tax return. Being ready with the right documents to prepare your return, saves you time and reduces the chance of mistakes. See our article, Be Prepared to Get the EITC You Earned, to find out what you need to have ready before preparing your return or to bring to your preparer.

Free Help Preparing your Return

Visit a volunteer site. Trained community volunteers can help you by preparing your return and determining if you qualify for EITC and other refundable credits. Find a location for free tax return preparation by volunteers here.


If you prepare your tax return yourself, check out Free File and Fillable Tax Forms

Let Free File do the hard work for you with brand-name software. You can prepare and e-file your federal return free. Participating software companies make their products available through the IRS. Some also support state tax returns.

Or, use Free File Fillable Forms, online versions of our paper forms designed for people comfortable preparing their own tax returns. This option does not offer state tax returns and performs only basic calculations. But, you can submit the completed forms to IRS electronically for faster, accurate processing.

Find information on Free File and fillable tax forms here.

Taxpayer Assistance Centers

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers (TAC) are your source for personal tax help when you believe your tax issue cannot be handled online or by phone. Locate the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center nearest to you and a list of local offices, days open, and hours of service.

What to Expect from Your Preparer

  • Your preparer, whether paid or volunteer, is required to ask you multiple questions to determine your correct income, expenses, deductions and credits. Avoid an audit, additional tax, penalties or interest by giving your preparer all the needed information and answering all questions. See our article, Consequences of Errors on Your EITC Returns  for more information.
  • Your preparer should review your return with you before you sign. Remember you are responsible for what’s on your return so make sure you understand what’s on your return and that it is complete and correct before you sign and never sign a blank form.
  • Your paid preparer must enters his or her Preparer Tax Identification number or PTIN and sign the return. A returns prepared at a volunteer site should have the site identification number but the non-paid volunteer does not sign the return.
  • A copy of your return for you to keep that matches what you signed.


Publication 4717, Help Your Tax Preparer Get You the EITC You Earned

For a printed version of the information above and more, order Publication 4717 online. Publication 4717 explains why your preparer asks the questions they do and the importance of providing accurate information to save time and reduce the chance of mistakes. It also covers the consequences of filing an EITC claim in error.  One side is in English and the other Spanish.

Other Useful Links

  • The Taxpayer Advocate Service Toolkit. Learn how TAS can help you. The TAS toolkit is available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week and makes it easier for you to understand basic tax information. TAS is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems not resolved through normal channels, or who believe an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should. Find the Tax Toolkit sponsored by TAS here(you leave to visit the toolkit).
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinics represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service. They also assist taxpayers in audits, appeals, collection disputes and can help taxpayers respond to IRS notices and help correct account problems. Find more information on Low Income Taxpayer Clinics and locations here.


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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 25-Feb-2014