VITA/TCE - Volunteer Assistance to Connecticut Taxpayers
The Department of Revenue Services is a proud participant in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs. VITA and TCE volunteers prepare basic federal and state income tax returns free-of-charge for individuals with low and limited income, individuals with disabilities, non-English speaking and elderly taxpayers. Last tax season, volunteers provided free assistance in Connecticut to over 35,000 taxpayers at 180 conveniently located sites.
DRS works with IRS to train volunteers. Each year DRS prepares a comprehensive manual on Connecticut income tax and provides a toll-free hot-line for volunteers to ask specific tax questions. Volunteers are recognized at the end of each filing season for their contributions.
The primary requirement for becoming a volunteer is a desire to give of your time to help others. A free three-to-five day training course is held each January at various locations throughout Connecticut. Those who complete the course and pass an open book test are asked to volunteer at least four hours each week from February to April 15.
The TCE program, also referred to as AARP Tax-Aide, is administered by the AARP Foundation. This program is the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. TCE volunteers serve taxpayers with middle and low income, with special attention to those age 60 and over. Volunteers that are interested in the TCE program can obtain additional information by registering on line or by calling 1-888-AARPNOW (1-888-227-7669).