IRS seeking applications for TCE and VITA grants; organizations provide free tax return help for seniors, underserved

IR-2023-92, April 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The IRS is accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant, which allows eligible organizations to apply for annual funding to provide free federal tax return preparation assistance for up to three years. is accepting applications May 1, 2023, through May 31, 2023, for TCE and VITA grant opportunities. The application packages and guidelines are available on In 2022, the IRS awarded 39 TCE grantees $11 million and 305 VITA grantees $30 million. Last year, the two grant programs helped taxpayers file more than 1.8 million tax returns nationwide.

The IRS established the TCE program in 1978 to provide tax counseling and return preparation to persons that are generally 60 years of age or older. The IRS delivers training and technical assistance to senior communities across the nation. For more information visit the TCE webpage on

The VITA grant program was established in 2007 to supplement the VITA program created in 1969. VITA provides free tax filing help to underserved communities. The grant program enables VITA to extend services to underserved populations in the hardest-to-reach urban and non-urban areas to increase the ability of targeted taxpayers to file returns electronically, to enhance training of volunteers and to improve the accuracy rate of returns prepared at VITA sites. For more information visit the VITA webpage on

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