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As the tax deadline approaches, help is available

Posted March 25, 2014

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— If you need help filing your taxes before the April 15 deadline, IRS certified volunteers are offering free tax assistance.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free basic tax help to people who generally make $52,000 or less annually, have disabilities, are elderly or speak limited English.

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those 60 and older. Volunteers are often retirees who specialize in pensions and retirement-related issues.

To find help in your area, go to the IRS website and type in your zip code.

You can also download free software and file for free on the IRS website. Just click "free file."

Need help finding a licensed CPA? The North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners website gives you a searchable statewide database of licensed CPAs and registered CPA firms, including copies of any formal disciplinary action taken against a CPA or CPA firm. The consumer section of the website gives tips for choosing a CPA and explains the complaint process.

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  • Billy the Kid Mar 26, 2014

    Flat or fair tax and we wouldn't need all this "help". No deductions, no accountants, no loop holes.