Free, Reduced Cost Tax Preparation Options in Cape Girardeau, Southeast Missouri

It’s that time of year again – time to file income taxes. Many on and offline services are available to assist in filing a return, for a nominal fee. But, some options are available free or at a reduced cost to persons who meet criteria set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, free filing assistance is available to “people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns,” according to the IRS website.

Another program available through the IRS, the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program, offers tax assistance for all taxpayers, and in particular those who are age 60 and older. This service specializes in questions about retirement and pension-related issues.

VITA Program assistance in Cape Girardeau County is available at the Cape Public Library, the Cape Senior Center, Jackson Senior Center, and East Missouri Action Agency (drop off only). Additional locations are available in many Southeast Missouri counties, including Bollinger, Scott, Stoddard and Perry.

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According to the IRS, see Publication 3676-B to review the services provided by each program and what to bring with you to the site for a volunteer to assist you.

Additional online resources include:

Feel free to contact First Call for Help for more information on these, and any, community services: 573-334-4357.

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