Bishop Advocates Free Online Tax Services

Tim Bishop

Congressman Tim Bishop today encouraged East End and Long Island constituents making $57,000 or less per year to take advantage of free federal tax preparation and e-filing services available through the IRS Free File program.

Since 2003, low-to-moderate income taxpayers have been able to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at absolutely no cost. This service is made possible through a partnership between the IRS and the Free File Alliance, a non-profit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies.

To begin, taxpayers with a 2012 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less can visit Users will find a list of 15 Free File Alliance member companies and may either choose one that fits their needs or utilize the “Help Me Find a Company” tool. After selecting a tax software company, users will be transferred to the company’s website to prepare, complete and electronically file their federal income tax returns. The service is also available in Spanish.

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)—a walk-in service for low-to-moderate income taxpayers—offers e-filing services for taxpayers who do not have internet access at home, as well as those who want to e-file, but need additional help. In addition, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors.

Visit to find the VITA/TCE program nearest you, or call Congressman Bishop‘s District Office in Patchogue at 631-289-6500 for assistance.

“This tax season, I encourage Long Islanders to take advantage of online and in-person resources to answer your questions about your taxes and help prepare and e-file your federal tax returns,” Congressman Bishop said. “These services are here to help you at absolutely no cost.”

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