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Free tax assistance in San Antonio

Are you getting ready to file your income tax return?

R. Terpolilli

Did you know that there are free tax assistance centers in San Antonio?

No one likes to face up to the task of preparing his or her own tax return, but if you can get some help and if it is free, that takes some of the sting out of the process.

Here are some local centers that provide free tax assistance in our area:

One of the free tax centers is operated by VITA ,Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax assistance to taxpayers and families who earn less than $60,000 per year. For information on VITA locations and hours, see the link above or call the United Way help line 211.
This program is a valuable resource for San Antonio residents. VITA volunteers provide free income tax assistance plus help claim Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. There are 23 VITA locations across the city and last year they completed over 35,000 tax returns. All the VITA sites are open from Jan. 22 to April 15th. There is even a VITA Mobile team that is available to come to groups at community centers, apartment complexes and companies, call 210 207 2817 for more information.

If you are able to join as a volunteer, there is free training and certification provided. Look for the volunteer registration form online. This is an excellent way to learn more about tax filing for yourself and to help others.

Another organization that provides free tax assistance is AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons.

Free tax assistance is provided for taxpayers in low to moderate income through the "AARP Foundation Tax-Aide". The service is available for all those in need of help but primarily serves the elderly. One of the area centers is located at the Elvira Cisneros Senior Community Center, at 517 S.W. Military Drive and another at Bob Ross Senior Center at 2219 Babcock. For information on hours and other locations, call 210 348 8684, and note that some locations require appointments.

To enroll as a volunteer, call toll-free at (888) 687-2277, or register online at

So get started by collecting your tax documents, statements, forms and prepare your questions. Check with the tax center to determine what items are required such as bringing a picture ID and Social Security card. The attached video will give you some further details on getting ready.

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