Free Tax Help

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.

In addition to VITA, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program offers free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.

Free Tax Assistance in Dane County

The Richard Dilley Tax Center

2017 Free Tax Sites in Dane County

Free Tax Assistance Outside of Dane County

*Please note that the links to tax preparation information are to external websites that may not yet be updated; read those sites carefully to  be sure the information is current.*

Free tax assistance can be found across the state in some community centers, libraries, churches, shopping malls, and retirement homes. Most VITA sites are open from February 1 through April 15. To find the VITA or TCE site closest to you please call:

  • 1-800-829-1040 for VITA site locations,
  • 1-888-227-7669 for TCE site locations, or
  • call “211” for local free tax sites.

You can find a listing of free tax assistance sites on the Department of Revenue website.

This IRS link helps you find free tax sites based on the ZIP code you submit. This is not a comprehensive list, but includes some of the free tax sites available in the state.