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Tax Filing Assistance

For many Americans, Tax season can be both stressful and confusing. Not only can filing be challenging, but many Americans also end up paying to file their taxes while they qualify for free tax filing programs. The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs: ​ VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:

  • People who generally make $57,000 or less

  • Persons with disabilities; and

  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers

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​ In addition to VITA, the TCE program offers free tax help, particularly for those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. ​ Find a VITA or TCE Site Near You, use the Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887.

IRS TCE/VITA Locator Tool

How to Purchase a Home

HUD provides various programs for first-time homebuyers, low-income people, veterans, and senior citizens. These programs are not only helpful to the individuals who receive them but also provide a sense of security for buyers in general. ​ HUD has plenty of resources to aid in your search for a new home or your search for information about housing assistance programs for those who you know. ​ Check these programs to see what the qualifications are: ​ FHA Loans for First-Time Homebuyers Homeownership Vouchers Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program

Programs for Services Members and Veterans:

Home Loan Programs by the Department of Veterans Home Loan Program for Native American Veterans Programs for Rural Residents State Programs ​ ​ ​ If you have a low income and need help buying your first home, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher homeownership program may be able to help as well.

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